§ Mr. W. Williams
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the demand of the St. Kitts Workers' League and the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Union that the Government salt ponds in the island of Anguilla should be operated and controlled by the Government; and whether he will take steps to prevent the lease of the salt ponds being granted to private interests.
Mr. Creech Jones
I am aware of this request. The Anguilla salt ponds have been leased by the Government since 1894 to a local family. The last extension of this lease expires on 31st March, 1949, and the question of the working of the ponds by the Government will then be considered.