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Jamaica (Ex-Service Men)

Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 30 July 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Jamaican ex-Service men of the first world war are dissatisfied with their treatment by previous Jamaican Governments; that these men were promised on demobilisation good land for cultivation and that they would be cared for by the Imperial Government; that the land which they were actually given is little better than a stony desert; and whether he will cause their complaints to be looked into and their grievances to be redressed.

The grievances of the Jamaican ex-Service men referred to in the hon. Member's Question are the subject of representations recently laid before me by the Jamaica Ex-Servicemen Trade and People's Labour Union. I am at present in communication with the Governor of Jamaica concerning their complaints and I will communicate with the hon. Member when I have received the Governor's reply.