HC Deb 05 May 1960 vol 622 cc1230-2
9. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the total financial aid extended to territories in the Federation of the West Indies during the past three years; how this was allocated; and what proposals have been made in respect of developing light industries in the smaller islands for which funds were not granted.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Approximately £9.1 million of Colonial Development and Welfare Funds and £6.58 million of other United Kingdom grants and loans were issued for the benefit of the Federation during the three years ending on 31st March, 1960. In addition £2 million was advanced to the Colonial Development Corporation for projects in the Federation. The detailed list of allocations is very long and I am with permission circulating it in the OFFICIAL REPORT. I have asked the administrators of the small islands for the information required in the last part of the Question and I will write to the hon. Member.

Mr. Sorensen

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask if he is aware that there is a great desire and demand for light industries in some of the smaller islands, particularly Grenada? Is anything being done to meet this desire and demand, particularly in view of the fact that otherwise they will have to depend largely upon agriculture?

Mr. Macleod

There is always a danger in all countries, including this country, that those areas which have large populations and are, perhaps, more prosperous than others, will attract new industries. I agree that we will have a clearer idea of the picture when I receive the information for which the hon. Gentleman has asked.

Administering Authority 1957–58 1958–59 1959–60
£ £ £
Antigua 265,938 197,100 103,483
Barbados 165,544 88,861 167,742
Cayman Islands 18,300 25,600 20,500
Dominica 105,702 407,286 232,293
Grenada 126,776 83,523 288,338
Jamaica 569,358 716,821 1,380,348
Monserrat 41,840 62,222 93,220
St. Kitts 67,829 133,691 191,957
St. Lucia 415,654 261,970 310,425
St. Vincent 102,368 357,631 293,946
Trinidad 78,145 41,917 491,936
Turks and Caicos Islands 10,950 67,794 13,094
West Indies Federal Government: 44,450 30,700
University College of the West Indies and University College Hospital, Jamaica 330,680 238,325 465,292
2,299,084 2,727,191 4,083,274
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