HC Deb 17 April 1957 vol 568 cc1918-9
39. Sir L. Plummer

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many children of school age there are in the Carib Quarter of the island of Dominica, British West Indies; and how many of these children attend school regularly.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

There are 204 children of school age; an average of 100 attend school regularly.

Sir L. Plummer

Is the Colonial Secretary aware that many of the children do not attend because they have to walk barefoot over rough tracks? Is not this another argument in favour of having a good road to the capital?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes, Sir, I think that it is. Actually, in the Carib Quarter one-half of the children of school age attend regularly and for Dominica as a whole the comparable figure is two-thirds. I agree that roads are very important.