HC Deb 26 February 1963 vol 672 c1057
7. Dame Irene Ward

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, how the proposed expenditure of £76,000 in St. Helena in 1963 will be divided between the proposed projects.

Mr. Fisher

The budget provides £12,000 for the subsidising of essential foodstuffs, £2,000 for relief of the poor, £13,000 for unemployment relief, £17,000 for public works, £23,000 for agricultural improvements and £9,000 for subsidising the production of flax.

Dame Irene Ward

May I ask my hon. Friend whether the amount allocated is that which was asked for by the Governor of St. Helena? Can he explain to me why the Secretary of State for the Colonies has, apparently, most unfortunately neglected this important little island? Is he aware that I am extremely angry at the way in which this affair has been handled?

Mr. Fisher

I am not aware of any neglect of St. Helena by my right hon. Friend, nor do I know of any request by the Governor for larger funds than those which I have stated.