publii feb bp Auti.oritz .
ROSEAU, MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1952.
IT is hereby notified for general
information that a meeting of the
Legislative Council of this Colony will
be held at the Court House, Roseau
-on Wednesday the 30th January, 1952,
at 11.00 a.m.
The Order of the Day for this meet-
ing is published with this issue of the
ORDER OF THE DAY
For a Meeting of the Legislative
Council to be held at the Court House-
Roseau, on Wednesday, the 30th J
January, 1952, at 11.00 a.m.
2. Confirmation of Minutes
3. Papers to be laid :-
Estimates of Calibishie Village Board.
4 Notices including those of questions
to be asked.
5. Questions to be asked,
(a) Report of the Special Committee
of Oils and Fats Conference.
(b) Quarantine (Maritime) (Amend-
ment) Regulations, 1951.
(c) Quarantine (Air) (Amendment)
(d) Portsmouth Land and House
(e) Establishment of Local Infantry
(1) An Ordinance further to amend
the Naturalization Documents and
32 Fe 9
(2) An Ordinance to amend the
Diplomatic Privileges Ordinance,
8. Other Business
January, 17th, 1952.
BOYD, A.D., Accountant, Treasury, ap-
pointed Postmaster, Dominica.
2'st November, 1950.
17th .January, 1952
BRUNEY, J C., First Class Clerk Labour
Department, transferred to the Pub ic
1st January, 1952.
JOSEPu, D.C. First Class Clerk. Public
Works Department, Seconded as
Assistant Surveyor, Public Works
1st January, 1952.
WATTY, N E., Assistant Master, Grammar
School, appointed First Class Clerk.
1st January, 1952.
17th January, 1952.
VISIT OF SALARIES REVISION
With reference to Government Notice
of the 1st December, 1951, the Salaries
Revision Commissioner, Mr. C.J HODGENS
C.B.E., M.C. is expected to arrive in
Dominica on the 4th February, 1952.
OFFICIAL GAZETTE, M(ON.DAY, JANUARY 21, 1952.
2. Arrangements will be made for Mr.
lODGENS to consider any memorandum
which interested members of the public
may wish to submit on the subject of
salaries of public officers and pensionable
3, The memorandum should be confinrtd
to the subject in general and should not. set
out personal grievances or make a special
plea in favour of any individual Miovern-
ment officer and should reach the Admin-
istrator's Office at as early a date as
possible even before Mr. HODGEN-'
arrival in Domirica,
19th January, 1952
VICTOR C. JOSSE,
TENDERS for the purchase of two canoes
19 and 22 feet long respectively seized ,oy
the Customs Department will be received
at the Treasury up to 12 noon on Ihurs-
day 31st January. 1952 Tenders should
be addressed to the Firancial Secretary
and marked "Tender for Canoes."
The canoes are in the costody of the
Police and may be inspected ac Eversley
Hall in Hodge's Lane and Hanover Street.
W. H. SWEETING,
lst January, 1952.
ROSEAU TOWN COUNCIL
WHEREAS under Section 89 of the
Roseau Town Council Ordinance (No
23 of 1937) it is ordained that the
Roseau Town Council shall twice in each
year not later than the 31st day of Janu-
ary and the 31st day of July, by- Resolu.
tion, declare that a rate not exceeding
one and one quarter per cent on the values
(as assessed under the said Ordinance) of
all houses and lots of land in the Town
of Roseau shall be leviable as Land and
House rate for the current year.
BE II RESOLVED by the Rnseau Town
Council this 16th day of January, 1952 that
a rate of I shall be levied on 'he values
(as assessed under the said Ordirnance) of
all houses and lots of land in I lie T.,wn of
Roseau for the current year.
C'LlI'TON ..H. D)U'I(NY
AMo1on of Ruieau,
IN THE SUPREME COURT OF I'HE
WINDWARD ISLANDS AND
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that in
pursuance of Rules made Dy the Chief
Justice under Se2tion 16 of the Leeward
Islands and Wind ward Islands (Courts)
Order in Council, 193), The Ho,ourable
Puisne Judge assigned t,' the Dominica Cir.
cuit has appointed Tues lay the 29th day of
January, 1952, at the hour of ten o'clock
in the forenoon and subsequent days for
the sitting of the Court in its C(riminal
Jurisdiction at the Court House at lRostea
within the Dominica 4 ircuit
Dated the 4th day of January, 1952.
A B. MARIE,
Registrar of the Supreme Court
of the Windward Islands
aid Leewan.d Islanwds
General Register Office,
17th Jlanuary 1952
THE following list is published for general information in pursuance of Section
13 of Ordinance No. 3 of 1916.
A. B. MARIE,
Ag Resist a, Genertil
No. 1 Roseau and St. George
2 St. Luke
3 St. Paul (part)
3a St. Paul (part)
4 St Joseph (part)
4a St. Joseph (part)
4b St. Joseph (part)
5 Portsmouth &St. John
6 St Peter
7 St Andrew (part)
8 St. Andrew (part)
8a St. Andrew (part)
9 St. Patrick (part)
10 St. Patrick (part)
10a St. Patrick ('part)
11 St. Mark
12 St. David (part)
13 St. David (pal t),
14 St. David (part)
15 St. David (part)
Officer performing duties
of Second Clerk,
Miss C Gachette
Mr. C. L Jolly
Mr. A A Bruney
Miss H V Larocque
Mrs. J. Williams
Mr Vernon Louis
Officer. in-cha-ge No, then District
Mr. Reynold Lecointe
Mr. C.A. Sorhaindo
Mr. James Henry
Mrs E Richards
Miss M. J. Iemberton
Mr. Henry Williams
Miss S Carbon
Mr W.O.M. Pond
Miss L. Pierre
Mr. P. Burton
Mrs. L Stephenson
Mrs. M. A Shillingford
OFFICIAL GAZETTE. MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1952. 9
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL OF DOMINICA
HIS HONOUR E.P. AkR OWSMITH, ; M ;.,
17TH DECEMBER. 1951.
HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL,
AT this Budget Session to consider the Estimates for 1952 I do not
intend to give a detailed statement on the various Heads of the Estimates,
but once again I shall comment briefly on the main events that have taken
place during 1951, and review tie prospects for the future
The most important constitutional step taken during the year was the
holding of elections for the first-time oi the basis of universal adult suffrage,
followed by the formal opening of this Council by His Excellency the-Gov-
ernor on the 23,d of November.
The election statistics that were published in the press on the 24th of
November make interesting reading. These reveal that out of a total of
23,2,'8 electors, no fewer than 17,680 cast ballots. These represented 75.9%
of the electorate. The number of rejected ballots amne to 1,309, which
represents 7.40% of the ballots cast. 1 have not seen the full statistics for
the o0 her Windward Islands, but the percentages of ballots cast to the total
number of electors were as fcll iws :
Grenada .... 69%
-t. Lucia 6691
St. Vincent 59%
In his speech at the opening of this Council, His Excellency spoke
strongly on the need for us to increase our local food supplies. We have
during the past few years become more and more dependent upon imports.
The price of those imports is constantly increasing and there is nothing
we can do lo control the first cost. At this session of Council a new
tariff wiil .e .laced beftoe 3(u which is designed, rot cnly to
produce some extra revenue, but also to reduce impor: duties on the most
essential fI odstuffs. This, however, is only a palliative, and we must aim
at producing more food locally which can 'be sold at a reasonable price.
A plan is in course of preparation, and will Le placed before Council in
the new year, under which it is hoped that Govetr ment will be able to offer
a firm price for certain provisions, and to gjoaiante- the purchase of these
provisions from producers over a period up to three \ ears It will no doubt
be necessary for Goverr.ment to store a proportion of t e p visions that it
purchases, and it will not therefore be possible to buy ground provisions
such as tannias and dasheers which do not keep well. TIe produce tlat
Government has in mind is yam, sweet potatoes, and peas and beans.
Not only is there a shortage of ground provisions, but also of meat and
poultry. When the new- Cold Siorage' Plant, now being built by, the
Colonial Development Corporation, comes into operation, it will be possible
lo store larger quantities of frozen rr.eat, aid an application has already
been put forward to increase our supplies of this commodity. But here
again we are dependingg on imports, and we must try to build up supplies of
locally produced meat and poultry. A modest start has already been made
by the Agricultural Department in importing poultry from British Guiana
and Grenada. A scheme fcr a Livestcck C0m re at Goodwill has been pre-
pared. The Luilding up of an adequate cattle pcpula ion is a slow business,
but a start will be made, and particular emphasis will be given to pigs, in
order to increase supp ies.of local great asrapidly as possible In order to
increase food supplies and the animal population, it is necessary to give
security to both landlords and tenants. An Agricultt,ral 'mall Holding
(Ienants) Act has been under consideration ncw for for some considerable
time, and I hope that in its final form it will be debated in th;s House early
10 OFFICIAL GAZETTE, MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1952.
It is essential that with a drive to increase production, not only of local
foodstuffs but of bananas and other crops for export, adequate measures
must be taken to protect the land. As roads and tracks penetrate farther,
more land becomes availab e for cultivation. But if this land is not worked
properly, and if soil conservation rr e.asures are ignored, we will have a
heavy price to pay in the future. The ravages of erosion are apparent in
all the West Indian Islands and though we are happier in this respect than
most of them, the condition of the land in the North of the Island and par-
ticularly in the Vieille Case area, illustrates most forcibly what can happen
To turn to crops grown for export, the number of bananas exported
from the Colony during the last three years is as follows!-
1949 88,954 bunches valued at $104,936
1950 296,065 bunches valued at$477,367
1951 50 ,312 bunches valued at$711,630..
The banana industry suffered a set back on the 2nd of September when we
were on the fringe of a hurricane. Had we escaped this blow, production
during the year would ha'e inci eased still further. Measures have been
taken to set up a Banana Leaf Srot Ccntrol Board. This disease, if not
properly controlled, can cripple the banana industry ccrrpletely. and it is
essential that measures are taken with all possible energy to combat this
The Colonial Development Corporation Packing Plant is now working,
but so far only 2,250 crates of citrus have been packed. For the citrus in-
dustry to progress it is necessary to export adequate supplies of fresh fruit.
I do not believe that this is a task for an individual shipper, and I would
emphasise again the need for the formation of a Citrus' rowers Association.
Marketing is, of course, our greatest problem, but when an Association is
formed it should be possible for us to work in co operation with the Associa-
tions exporting citrus from Jamaica, Trinidad and Britih Honduras, and so
prevent needless competition between the West Indian Islands on the London
market. No better grapefruit than ours is grown anywhere, and I am sure
that now it can be packed properly it will command a good sale once it be.
comes known on the London market. The island is fortunate i, having
facilities for the canning of bananas and citrus, but all are agreed that if
production is to expand, exports Gf fresh fruit are of prime importance.
I am afraid I have no up-to-date figures available to show the increased
value of the exports of lime products during this year. These ext orts have
steadily increased in volume and in value, and Dominica is now the most
important producer of these products in the Colonies. All planters with
suitable land would, be well advised to expand their lime cultivation.
On the subject of public health, conditions during the year has been
fair but malnutrition is still a serious problem. The Yaws Campaign has
continued, and clinics have been held in 28 stations by 16 technicians.
Yaws is now well controlled, but no relaxation in the control measures can
be allowed, for new and infectious cases continue to appear.
The Maternity, Child Hygiene, and School Health Service operated
satisfactorily in Roseau, and its work continues to grow. Good work is also
being done in the country districts but more supervision is necessary. Next
year it is planned to appoint Nurse .Thomas, who is now completing her
training in London, to supervise the maternity and child welfare service
in the country districts.
Particular emphasis has been placed on the work of the Sanitary
Department and on malarial control measures. These include the spraying
of houses with D. ). T. and also permanent drainage measures to eliminate
dangerous breeding places. Seven hundred and forty feet of precast con-
crete drains were laid at St. Joseph, Hartford, and Goodwill, and two hun-
dred and twenty-four feet of similar drains are ready for laying in the
future. The Public Health Engineering Unit has been carrying out a pro-
gramme of latrine construction, and one-hundred and ninety-two latrines
have been provided for individual house-holders. This programme is sub-
sidised to the extent of 60% from Development and Welfare funds..
OFFICIAL GAZETTE, MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1952 11
All hospitals have had a busy year, and the Roseau Hospital has been
chronically overcrowded. The average number of patients for the first ten
months was 1,09 as compared with 91 in Ia59. Of particular medical interest
is the unaccountable increase in the incidence of appendicitis. In 1948, 5
operations for appendix were performed in the Roseau Hospital; in 1949,
12 ; 1l'50, 32; but in 1951 up to the end of November, 91 operations for
appendix were performed.
Plans for enlarging and renovating the Roseau Hospital have been
submitted to the Secretary of State, and an urgent reminder has been sent
emphasising the need for the earliest possible action on this scheme. I have
already authorised expenditure on measures to improve the sanitary arrange-
vnents in the Hospital
One of the more serious difficulties we have to face is ihe constant
increase in our school population and the serious congestion that results
in most.schools. Even so, the ieco'dsshow that only 76% of children are
enrolled. We must concer.tratte on the stamping out of illiteracy if this
'Colony is to progress, but as usual, our main dittietlty is to find funds to
provide adequate buildings and teaching staff. Our building difficulty has
been strongly emphasized, and I hope that when the funds remaining
under De\elopment and Welfare are finished, it will be possible to embark
on a building programmine spread over a number of years financed from
The Major Road Programme has advanced during the past year. The
Trafalgar road has been completed and the construction of the two bridges
and the large river retaining wall on the Roseau-Copt Ha~i section of the
road have been of particular interest. On the Holmwood road the first
wholly re-inforced concrete bridg of over 20 feet span in the island has
been constructed, and was in fact c stin one working day.
On the Roseau-Laudat road, excavation has been carried through for
the entire length, .and oiling is complete to below Byack. Considerable
work was T;e4cessa'y on the "big cut whih involved the shifting of some
1,200 cubic yards of material The next step will be the bouldering of this
section of the road, but owing to the absence of stone in th.e neighbour hood,
this will be a comparatively slow business. The New Town-Girandel road
has begun well, the excavation having passed the cross at Ridgefield, and
the blasting of sraa 1,530 cubic yards of h r I rn tt3rial from th 3 corn r belo v,
Fortune is in progress. This work has been accomplished ii eight weeks.
The excavation for the Clarke Hall-Holmwood road is within half a mile
.of its end, and culverting and foundation work has reached Carholme estate.
The Secondary Road Programme has been slowed down, because it was
decided that experiments were necessary to develop i he most economical
type of .construction for the varying conditions of sub-soil and climate in
the island. These experiments are now proceeding and the construction
prog, amme will be resumed next year.
The increasing woik of the Department is illustrated by the fact that
the stores turned over in the accounts of the Goodwill Storeroom now
amount tx about $220,000 per annum. Materials and stores are difficult to
obtain and extiem'ily costly. In certain instances deliveries take months
and almost years te arrive.
Almost all the island was covered by a series of aerial photographs,
and work has began in correlating these photographs to known points on
the ground in borderr that from this material a contoured map of the island
may be produced.
I have touched briefly on the working of the main departments, and I
do not propose to give details of the working of all departments during this
year, I may mention, however, that an Organization and Methods Survey
is in progress which is designed to improve the working of the departments,
to effect economics if this proves possible, and particularly to give better
service to the public. In the latter connection, a new Parcels Post Branch
has been opened which not only has relieved congestion in the Treasury but
which should'also give a considerably improved service. I may say, too,
that, re-organization in the Treasury. and additional i~ssist. nce on the Tariff
side, wil also prevent -delays and give better service.
OFFICIAL GAZETTE, MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 1952.
To turn now to the Estimates for 1952, Local Revenue for 1951 is
estimated to reach $1.398.000 while the Revised Expenditure estimate is
$1,516,000. a'deficit of $118,000 for the year. Taking into consideration
the increased Cost of Living Allowance, $85,991 which was paid with effect
from the 1st of January, 1951, and which was not included in the Estimates,
the result is not discouraging. The original estimated deficit, not including
Cost of Living Allowance, was $117,000. It must be remembered, however,
that Revenue in 1951 was inflated by the special issues of postage stamps
which are expected to bring in $120,000.
It was anticipated that the year 1952 would be a difficult one, financially
but certain factors have made budgeting even more difficult than was expec-
ted. The continuing increase in the cost of supplies and the effect of increased
wages are reflected under almost every Head of Expenditure, and there has
been the increase of one hundred per cent. in the rates of Cost of Living
Allowance which I have referred to. We had understood that. Colonial
Development and Welfare funds would be available t0 finance the General
Development Loan during its early years, but this did not turn out to be
the case and these charges will have to be borne by Colony funds 'I here
may be a saving on the anticipated debt charges, but the full amount.
necessary for Interest and Sinking Fund, estimated at $73,789, has been
included in the Expenditure Estimates for 1952.
The Estimates of Local Expenditure to be placed before you total
$1,883,309 as compared with an anticipated Revenue of $1,520,000 giving a
deficit of $263.309. It is interesting to compare this figure with that given
by the Financial and Economic Adviser in his economic survey, He estimat-
ed that the deficit in 1952 would be $215,232, but he did not take into account.
the Cost of Living Allowance amounting to $104,954, nor the expenses of
financing the loan, $73,789. Excluding these two items, it will be seen that
the net deficit is $184,566 or considerably less than the Financial and Econo-
mic Adviser estimated.
A deficit such as this must, of course, cause us concern, but it is possi-
ble, and I am indeed hopeful, that some further assistance may be forth.
coming from His Majesty's Government. I fear we cannot hope, from our
own resources, to bridge the gap between revenue and expenditure for some
years to come. Honourable Members will appreciate that in view of the tre-
mendous cost of the Rearmament Programme aid the very heavy burden of
taxation placed on the residents of the United Kingdom, additional assis-
tance to Dominica will only be forthcoming if the Government of this Colony
can show that it is doing its utmost to raise revenue locally. No additional
measures of taxation have been passed during the past five years, because
it was felt that such measures should be considered in the light of a fiscal
survey. This survey was completed in 1950, but the tariff proposals re-
quired scrutiny in the light of various International Agreements, and this
scrutiny was only completed this year. Earlier in my speech I have made
some mention of the new tariff, but I may say now that it is designed to be
comprehensive. The various individual additional duties that are now im-
posed are all incorporated in the new rates. This should ease the tasks of
importers and also those responsible for assessing duty in the Treasury.
The estimated proceeds of the new measures are included in the Estimates
of Revenue for 1952.
In scrutinising the Estimates of Expenditure, I think that Honourable
Members will agree that the various items are necessary. Before these
Estimates were submitted to Council the original proposals put forward had
been substantially reduced. The deficit is large, but many of the items re-
present deferred maintenance. Economies in the past have been effected
at the expense of proper maintenance, and this is not a sound policy. This
is particularly apparent in the sums spent for maintenance by the Public
Works Department, for roads and tracks cannot be maintained properly un-
less the allocation for the maintenance has regard to the increase in wages
and the cost of materials.
I anticipate that 1952 and 1953 will both be difficult years. If, however,
our exports continue to increase at the present rate, the excess of expendi-
ture over revenue should be substantially reduced in 1954. As Honourable
Members are aware, we recently had a visit from a representative of the
Treasury and two Colonial Office officials. They came to see for themselves
OFFICIAL GAZETTE, MONDAY JANUARY 21, 1952. 13
the effect of the present grand-in-aid policy on the Colony. I have not yet
had a report on the results of their mission and the conclusions they came
to. But I think I can safely say that they were convinced that there had
been no reckless expenditure of public funds in this Colony, and that our
Estimates have always been framed with the object of keeping expenditure
as low as possible. I think, as I have said earlier, that in the past we may
have erred by neglecting maintenance, and I suggest strongly again that
this is false economy. The three years which lie ahead will not be easy
ones, but after five years here I am still optimistic about the future of this
Colony. If the Rearmament Programme had not caused a sharp rise in the
cost of all imported goods, our position today would be very different. If
we continue to expand our exports and if, as I said earlier and this is vital
-proper measures are taken to conserve the land. I think the future is hope-
ful. I wish Honourable Members every success in ihe task that lies before
HERLY BY UNOFFICIAL MEI MBERS TO PRESIDENT'S ADDRESS AT
MEETING OF LEGISLATIVE COUN IL. 17TH DECEMIBE,, 1951.
MAY IT PLEASE YOUR HONOUR,
WE have listened with interest to Your Honour's lucid address and
agree with Your Honour on the favourable response to the voting public to
the New Constitution and the marked interest shown by the high percen-
tage of voting cast.
W,, agree entirely with Your Honour on the necessity for a vigorous
fccd production drive as the only means within our power of reducing the
high co t ot living and welcome the suggestion that Government will take
an active interest in protecting the producer against loss and the consumer
against exploitation and we heartily endorse Your Honour's views that in
the campaign for the increase of both good and annual production protective
met su'es will be implemented for the protection of both Landlord and
tenantss and that also measures for conservation of the soil will be put ir
We view with concern the limited quantity of citrus exported, whicn is
no indication of i ur production, and whilst we agree on the necessity of
forming a Citrus Growers Association we feel however that the problem of
sales of citrus on the English and European market is intimately connected
with the General agreement of tariff and trades.
We agree with Your Honour, that the Foseau Hospital has been seriously
overcrowded and trust that measures for the increase of hospital accommo-
datien will be taken in hand immediately and appreciate Your Honour's
action in empi asizing its urgency to ite Secretary of State.
We view with alarm the large gao between Revenue and Expenditure
and mwhilst we -gree lhat acditkic al trxati n is necessary) we also feel that
additional taxation is nceessPry we al'o f'el that attempts at curtailment
of expenditure whenever pos-ibie sh. uld be explored.
However we are all agreed on the basic policy of giving priority to
agriculture, suboroinatirg exp(ndi'-ure on key projects like road building
strictly to the needs of agricultural development, and making every effort
to confine as far as possible general expenditure within the framework of
With general agreement on this basic policy and with goodwill and
cooperation on all sides, we can lkck forward with hope of a steady advance
in the economic position of the colony and the betterment of the conditions
of life of all classes of the community.
(Sgd) H. D. Shillingford,
(Sgd) Austin Winson
(Sgd) Stafford Alfred
(Sgd) Robert B. Douglas
(Sgd) F.O.C. Harris
(Sgd) N.A. Jeffers
(Sgd) Lionel Laville
(Sgd) R.P. St. Luce
(Sgd) Elma Napier
(Sgd) C.J.L. Dupigny
(Sgd) J.O. Aird
Members ot the Legislative Council.
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