§ 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.
|ISSUES OF COLONIAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE FUNDS|
|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|