HC Deb 27 April 1938 vol 335 cc130-1W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the increasing discontent and poverty in Jamaica; and what steps are being taken to alleviate the widespread distress in that island?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore:

I have received a recent report on conditions in Jamaica from the Governor, and I am satisfied that the island Government is fully alive to any discontent which may exist, and is giving consideration to any representations put before it in this regard. The recent appointment of Commissioners to inquire into labour conditions will give those desirous of making representations in regard to wages or unemployment an opportunity of doing so. A large programme of public works is in hand, and this should do much to relieve unemployment.