asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to encourage voluntary organisations to undertake social welfare work in the Colonies.
My right hon. Friend is conscious of the importance of encouraging voluntary organisations to undertake social welfare work in the Colonies and the attention of Colonial Governments has been called to the important role which they can play. Apart from missionary enterprise there is considerable other voluntary activity in the West Indies, particularly Jamaica, in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Federation of Malaya, in Kenya and Sierra Leone and in Mauritius. Of course, throughout Africa the activities of the great missionary societies is well known, but here, as elsewhere, Governments are conscious of the value of voluntary effort and are doing what they can to foster it.