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Employment

Volume 481: debated on Wednesday 29 November 1950

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33.

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many unemployed are now registered in British Honduras; what relief is given and to how many; and what further steps are being taken to deal with this problem.

The number of unemployed on 1st October was 1,600. Relief work is provided on public works (mainly roads) for 100 of these. As regards the last part of the Question, a survey is being carried out to ascertain which of the unemployed can be absorbed in agriculture and the Governor is now examining a proposal for setting up a corporation to promote the extensive production of local foodstuffs.

Do those figures indicate a substantial rise in the number and percentage of unemployed?

Is it not a fact that many of these young fellows could be put to work in extracting hard and soft woods from British Colonies?