HC Deb 15 April 1958 vol 586 cc14-5
14 and 15. Mr. Beswick

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) under what legislation a co-operative society can be registered in the Bahamas;

(2) how many co-operative societies are now functioning in the Bahamas.

17. Mr. Owen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what legislation exists in the Bahamas to encourage the growth of co-operative societies.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

There are no cooperative societies in the Bahamas and no specific legislation designed to encourage their growth. If a co-operative society wishes to register as a company, it may do so under the Companies Act, chapter 124 of the Revised Laws.

Mr. Beswick

Does the Colonial Secretary consider that position satisfactory? Is there not a great need in the Bahamas for a co-operative society, and does not the recent trouble there show that we ought to assist these people to help themselves; and it is impossible to support a co-operative movement unless there is some protective legislation?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I hope that my visit has been of some assistance in helping people to help themselves. This was not one of the subjects under discussion, but I will certainly take it up with the Governor.

Mr. Owen

Does not the Minister recognise the importance of encouraging the development of co-operative effort in Colonies such as this and to pave the way by providing them with the guidance of a co-operative ordinance, such as I learn his predecessor considered a possibility?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

In general, I agree with that, and there is a general Question on that subject later on the Order Paper.

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