HC Deb 01 August 1951 vol 491 cc1436-8
14. Mr. G. Cooper

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in what way he has decided to take action, with a view to help to stem the prevalence of crime in Jamaica, especially the corruption in the Jamaican-controlled parochial councils, and to deal with the question of the drug, known as ganja, which contributes to political and trade union violence.

Mr. J. Griffiths

These are matters within the competence of the Government of Jamaica. The Governor is concerned at the amount of crime, particularly in Kingston, but he has reported that the police are doing much excellent work both generally and in a successful campaign against those who grow, use and traffic in ganja. Sir Hugh Foot does not accept the sweeping suggestion of corruption in the parochial boards.

Mr. Cooper

Will my right hon. Friend agree that this increase in crime may indicate that the Constitution, which was brought into being in 1944, requires to be looked at again, in view of the fact that it has brought into the Assembly some irresponsible sections of the community, and this is perhaps the cause of this increase in crime?

Mr. Griffiths

I do not think that I can accept the view that the people on the boards are irresponsible.

Mr. Wedgwood Benn

Will my right hon. Friend consider putting some ganja in the Library of the House so that hon. Members may decide for themselves whether this drug has the effects attributed to it?

Mr. Griffiths

I will see what I can do during the Recess.