HC Deb 29 March 1938 vol 333 c1846W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs when it is proposed to issue a White Paper on the present conditions prevailing in Newfoundland; and how far proposals put forward for improving the financial and economic conditions have been given effect to, and with what results?

Mr. M. MacDonald

I hope to receive in the near future the Annual Report of the Commission of Government for 1937; it will then be published as a Command Paper. The report will describe the main features of the work of the Commission of Government during the year and will deal generally with financial and economic conditions in the Island. In the meantime I may say that, in spite of trade diffiulties in certain foreign markets, the latest figures of revenue and of employment conditions are distinctly encouraging. The relief figures during the last few months have been lower than in any recent winter and revenue for the first eight months (July-February) of the current financial year exceeded by some $1,400,000 that for the corresponding period of 1936–37.