§ Mr. John Dugdale
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can make any statement concerning the recent disturbances at Family Pen, Jamaica, where a crowd of 400 relief workers was fired upon, causing the death of one worker, the wounding of three others and 31 arrests?
§ Colonel Stanley
The Governor of Jamaica has reported that a disturbance occurred on 1st June at the relief work centre at Family Pen following the arrest of a relief worker for disorderly conduct. The arrest was made by a district constable who was slightly wounded in so doing. Hooligan elements then became threatening, releasing the prisoner and attacking office buildings and staff with bricks and stones. In self-defence the district constable and a foreman were 1597W forced to fire on the attackers, killing one and wounding another. On the arrival of police reinforcements a number of arrests were made and the disturbance quickly subsided.