HC Deb 04 February 1942 vol 377 cc1201-2W
Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how many schemes under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act, 1940, have been approved in respect of the islands of Trinidad or Tobago; what is the nature of such schemes, and when are they likely to be put into operation; and whether Sir Frank Stockdale has any such schemes under consideration?

Mr. George Hall

The Comptroller for Development and Welfare in the West Indies has, with his advisers, surveyed a wide field of problems in Trinidad and Tobago and made a number of recommendations. Those recommendations are under consideration by the Colonial Government which has already taken, or is taking, action on some of them. In view of the greater financial resources of Trinidad, however, the Colonial Government has not made applications for assistance under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act in all these cases, and only one scheme under the Act has so far been made. This provides for assistance in obtaining varieties of cacao trees which, it is hoped, will be resistant to the witch-broom disease. This scheme is already in operation.

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