§ Mr. MARJORIBANKS
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government have given any reply to the address to the Secretary of State, passed by the House of Assembly and Legislative Council of Barbados on 25th February, petitioning the Government to declare immediately their policy with regard to the West Indian sugar trade?
§ Dr. SHIELS
I would invite reference to the replies returned on 5th March to the hon. Member for Newcastle, North (Sir N. Grattan-Doyle) and also on 12th March to the hon. Member for Devizes (Mr. Hurd), to which I am not at pre- 2127W sent in a position to add anything, save that my Noble Friend hopes shortly to send a reply to this and other similar representations.
§ Lord ERSKINE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether copies of the Report of the Olivier Sugar Commission have been sent to the Governments of the West India islands concerned?
§ Dr. SHIELS
Copies of the Report will be in the hands of the Governments of all the West Indian Colonies concerned and the Government of British Guiana as soon as possible after the Report has been published in this country.
§ Sir N. GRATTAN-DOYLE
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether any response has yet been made to the offer of the Government of guaranteed loans in respect of the sugar industry in the West Indies and Mauritius; and, if so, of what nature?