HC Deb 11 March 1941 vol 369 c1162W
Dr. Morgan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies in which of the Crown Colonies of the West Indian Islands legislation exists for the appointment of the office of public trustee on the lines obtaining in Great Britain; when such legislation was passed; how many public trustees have been appointed; and whether any reports are available of any work done in such trusteeships?

Mr. George Hall

Laws providing for the appointment of public trustees exist in British Guiana, Trinidad and Barbados and date from 1910, 1930 and 1936, respectively. A public trustee has been appointed in each of these Colonies. Reports are available for British Guiana and Trinidad and copies will be sent to the hon. Member.

Dr. Morgan

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the office of public trustee does not exist in the island of Grenada or the other islands of Windward Island Group of the West Indies; whether there is any existing legislation under which such an office could be established, either for the Windward Island Group collectively or separately; and whether he will consider, as an urgent matter, the great desirability of the passing of such legislation in the respective legislative councils of these islands?

Mr. Hall

With regard to the first part of the Question the answer is in the affirmative, and with regard to the second and third parts, my noble Friend will consult the Governor of the Windward Islands and I will communicate with the hon. Member as soon as possible.