§ 60. Mr. Russell
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many British West Indian subjects are in distress in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other foreign countries, and why.
§ Lord John Hope
The latest available figures for British West Indians receiving assistance from public funds in the Caribbean area are:
Cuba 307 Dominican Republic 241 Haiti 27
The main reason for the distress of these people is the seasonal nature of their work on sugar plantations, ill health and old age. Furthermore, in times of unemployment or crop restriction the first workers to be laid off are usually those who are foreigners.