Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what British dependencies have voted grants or made gifts to Great Britain for use in connection with the prosecution of the war; what amounts were borne by the respective Colonies for military, and other such preparation and war emergencies in the year before the outbreak of war; and what amounts have been incurred since?245W
Mr. M. MacDonald
Since the outbreak of war the following sums have been offered to and gratefully accepted by His Majesty's Government as gifts towards the cost of the war:
£ His Highness the Sultan of Mukalla 1,500 His Highness the Rajah of Sarawak 116,000 Government of Barbados 25,000 Government of Kedah 116,000
I regret that information is not available in the form asked for in the second part of the question since it is not practicable to extract figures for a period which covers part of two financial years. The statement given below shows, however, the expenditure which Colonial Governments expected to incur on defence measures in the financial year 1939, but it is not possible to give any figures showing separately expenditure since the outbreak of war.
Estimated expenditure of Colonial Governments on military and passive defence measures in1939 (or 1939–40).
- (i) The totals given include military contributions from certain Dependencies,
- (ii) The figures do not include provision made by special warrant subsequent to approval of the Estimates.
Dependency etc Estimated, Expenditure 1939 or 1939–40. Remarks £ Hong Kong 590,625 Malaya 1,399,639 Ceylon 363,187 Aden 22,365 (1) Figures for Colony only. (2) Of this expenditure approximately £12,500 will be borne by Aden Settlement and Port Trust. Palestine 47,951 Figure includes £43,000 in respect of Trans-Jordan Frontier Force. Balance of recurrent expenditure on this force and additional extraordinary expenditure due to disturbances are met from grants from United Kingdom funds. Cyprus 16,016 Malta 19,134 Passive defence measures only.
Dependency etc. Estimated, Expenditure 1939 or 1939–40. Remarks. £ Gibraltar 40,500 Passive defence measures only. Bahamas 2,000 Barbados 4,652 Bermuda 8,779 British Guiana. 6,216 British Honduras. 2,486 £1=$4.02. Jamaica. 33,738 Leeward Islands. 2,451 Windward Islands. 1,217 Trinidad 14,066 Mauritius 66,037 Seychelles 2,490 Fiji 14,825 Gilbert and Ellice Islands. 126 Ocean and Fanning I'slan'd Defence Forces. Falkland Islands. 1,843 Kenya 143,096 Uganda 77,388 Tanganyika 136,208 Nyasaland 23,784 Northern Rhodesia. 52,178 Somaliland 69,746 Zanzibar 2,560 Nigeria 340,109 Gold Coast 184,376 Sierra Leone 60,763 Gambia 11,081