§ Mr. H. Hynd
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can yet make a further statement about additional assistance in respect of the Antigua hurricanes.
§ Mr. J. Griffiths
Having received detailed estimates of the damage His Majesty's Government have agreed to increase the grant of£50,000 which I announced on 18th September last to a maximum of£175,000. Of this sum up to£152,000 will be for Antigua, up to£10,600 for Anguilla and up to£12,300 for rebuilding the Leeward Islands Federal Secretariat, which was destroyed by fire shortly after the hurricanes. This assistance will be met in part from the Vote for Colonial and Middle Eastern Services in respect of which I propose in due course to ask Parliament to vote the necessary funds, and in part by means of schemes under the Colonial Development and Welfare Acts, 1940–1950.