Mr. Creech Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress is being made in Jamaica in regard to the proposals made to the Jamaican Government by Sir Frank Stockdale, his agricultural adviser, in regard to agricultural development.
§ Colonel Stanley
During the last year schemes for agricultural development in Jamaica, based on the recommendations of Sir Frank Stockdale, have been approved, involving the expenditure of approximately £2,270,000, of which £1,036,600 will be met by free grants and £240,000 by way of loan under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act and the balance from local funds or by local loan. A further scheme, estimated to cost £427,550, is now under consideration. Generally speaking progress on the schemes is satisfactory, but some delay in the early stages will be caused owing to the difficulty of securing qualified staff.