HC Deb 06 December 1939 vol 355 cc686-7W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the necessity for the recent loan of £50,000 to banana planters in Jamaica to aid in the restoration of their holdings damaged by storms, he has considered the desirability of establishing hurricane risk insurance, advocated for years past by those interested in the welfare of the Colony?

Mr. M. MacDonald

This matter has frequently been considered, but the growers have never been able to agree on any scheme prepared for their examination. The latest scheme of this nature was embodied in a Bill submitted by the Jamaica Government to the Legislative Council early last year. The Bill was, however, rejected, and in view of the opinions expressed on that occasion by the elected members the Government did not feel able to carry the matter any further.