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British West Indies (Unemployment)

Volume 320: debated on Wednesday 24 February 1937

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of unemployed in each of the West Indian islands under British control?

I regret that no figures of the number of unemployed in the British West Indies are available.

Am I to understand that the right hon. Gentleman knows nothing about the state of employment in the West Indian islands?

I know generally that there are no industrial factories and no mines. The islands are purely agricultural and we do not hear of people being unemployed. I have no reason to believe that there are unemployed in the islands.

Presumably there is someone responsible to the Department in each island?

Will the right hon. Gentleman try to get us this information, differentiating between the various occupations, and particularly the sugar industry?