HC Deb 09 September 1942 vol 383 cc172-3W
Mr. David Adams

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what proposals made by the Controller of Welfare and Development in the West Indies have been accepted towards a solution of problems, including unemployment, affecting the respective Colonies; and the expenditure proposed under the respective heads?

Mr. Harold Macmillan

I would invite my hon. Friend's attention to the reply to the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Mr. Riley) on 29th July. [OFFICIAL REPORT, Vol. 382, cols. 498–9.] The number of schemes indicated in that reply has been increased to 94 up to 7th September, 1942, the location of the additional 11 schemes being:

British Guiana 1
Jamaica 7
St. Lucia 1
Trinidad 1
Virgin Islands 1

These additional schemes fell into the following categories:

Agriculture 1
Communications 2
Forestry 1
Medical, Public Health and Sanitary 1
Other Social Services (Welfare Probation, etc.) 4
Veterinary 1
Water Supplies and Irrigation 1

The expenditure involved in the various schemes is:

Agriculture 183,646
Communications 303,711
Education 655
Fisheries 8,500
Forestry 160,550
Land Settlement (Reclamation) 99,200
Industrial Development (Public Utilities) 2,600
Medical, Public Health and Sanitary 264,156
Other Social Services (including Welfare and Probation) 70,143
Telegrams, Telephones and Wireless (Broadcasting) 20,155
Veterinary 23,013
Water Supplies and Irrigation 38,160

I would remind my hon. Friend of the reply by my predecessor to a Question by the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Creech Jones) on 8th October, 1941 [OFFICIAL REPORT, Vol. 374, cols. 795–6], as to the functions of the Comptroller.