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Place of Publication: Kingstown, St. Vincent
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Publication Date: March 11, 1958
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Dates or Sequential Designation: v. 1, no. 1 (1868)-v. 112, no. 48 (Tues., 23 Oct. 1979)
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SAINT VINCENT


GOVERNMENT


GAZETTE


Publti.hed bt nuthoril .


VOL. 91.] SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958. [No. 15.


GOVERNMENT NOTICES. No. 130.


No. 128.


APPOINTMENTS.


RESUMPTION.
With reference to Government Notice
No. 152 of 2nd April, 1957, Honourable
B. F. DIAS, Crown Attorney, resumed
duties with effect from 1st March, 1958.


11th March, 1958.
His Excellency the Governor has (P.F. 774.)
been pleased to approve the appoint-
ment of Mr. JAMES F. MITCHELL, No. 131.
D.I.C.T.A., B.Sc., to the post of Agri- Mr. W. B. JACOBS, Senior Clerk,
cultural Officer (Research), Camden Treasury, resumed duties with effect
Park Experiment Station, with effect from 1st March, 1958.
from 1st February, 1958, on a contrac-1
tual basis for a period of 21/3 years in 11th March, 1958.
the first instance. (P.F. 176.)


11th March, 1958.
(P.F. 911.)
(C. 34/1950.)


No. 132.


VACATION LEAVE.


Mr. A. M. ANDERSON, Senior Dis-
No. 129. penser at The Lewis Pvnnett Home for
No. 129. the Aged Poor has been granted 214
His Honour the Administrator has days vacation leave with effect from 1st
been pleased to approve the appoint- March, 1958.
ment of the following Class III Clerks 11th March, 1958.
in the General Clerical Service of the Marc
Colony with effect from 1st March, (P.. 127.)
1958:-
Mr. A. ROBERTS, to the Ministry for No. LEGISLATION.
Trade and Production-seconded to
Customs and Excise Department. The Right Honourable the Secretary
Miss H. CAMPBELL, to the General of State for the Colonies has notified
Post Office. that Her Majesty the QUEEN will not
be advised to exercise her power of dis-
11th March, 1958. allowance in respect of the following
(P.F. 870, 863.) Ordinance of this Government:-


7;?17F?

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96 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


No. 12 of 1957.-An Ordinance to
consolidate and amend the law
relating to the cess on sugar
exported from the Colony.
11th March, 1958.
(F. 16/1949 II.)

No. 134.
The undermentioned Ordinance which
has been assented to by His Excellency
the Governor is published with this
issue of the Gazette:-
No. 3 of 1958.-An Ordinance to
sanction certain payments from the
Public Treasury in excess of the
sums granted by the Appropriation
(1956) Ordinance 1956 (No. 29 of
1956) for the year ended the 31st
day of December, 1956.
11th March, 1958.
(F. 1/1955.)


No. 135.
SUPPLEMENTS TO GAZETTE.

The Report of the Principal Auditor,
Windward Islands, on the audit of the
Accounts of the Colony of St. Vincent
for the year ended 31st December, 1955,
is published with this issue of the
Gazette.
llth March, 1958.

No. 136.
Copies of Minutes of the Meeting of
the Legislative Council held on the 6th
February, 1958, and of the Budget
Session held on 10th February, 1958,
which may be seen at Government
Office, the Kingstown Library and all
Revenue Offices, are published with this
issue of the Gazette.
11th March, 1958.

No. 107.
VACANT POSTS.

FINANCIAL SECRETARY, DOMINICA.

Applications are invited for the post
of Financial Secretary, Dominica.
Salary:
The salary of the post, which is pen-
sionable, is in the scale $4,320 x $120-
$5,280 per annum, plus a 20% pay
addition, plus $240 per annum as
Chairman, Income Tax Commis-
sioners, $360 per annum as Curren-
cy Officer and $172.80 per annum as
Naval Reporting Officer. The ap-
pointment carries with it liability to
transfer to any post of equivalent
status in Windward Islands.


Duties:
The duties of the post are:-
(i) to advise Government on all
financial matters;
(ii) to be responsible for Fin-
ance and Fiscal Policy; Cus-
toms and Taxation;
(iii) to perform the duties of
Comptroller of Customs and
Excise; Currency Officer;
Naval Reporting Officer;
Chairman, Income Tax Com-
missioners; Chairman, Agri-
cultural Loans Board;
(iv) to perform any other duty
and render any further
assistance as may be di-
rected. The holder of the
post is an ex-officio Member
of the Executive Council and
Legislative Council and a
nominated member of the
Roseau Town Council.
Qualifications:
The officer must be competent to
advise on all aspects of financial
policy. He must be capable of exer-
cising financial control over all
branches of Government Revenue and
Expenditure. Preference will be
given to a candidate who has served
several years in a senior post in the
Public Service, preferably, in a fin-
ancial capacity.
Further particulars regarding the
appointment may be obtained from the
Chief Secretary, Windward Islands,
Grenada, to whom applications should
be addressed to reach himn not later
than the 31st March, 1958.
19th February, 1958.

No. 124.
LIBRARIAN-FEDERAL SUPREME COURT.

Applications are invited for the post
of Librarian at the Central Registry of
the Federal Supreme Court with salary
in the scale $3,600 x $120-$4,080 x
$240-$4,800.
Candidates are required to hold a
professional qualification in librarian-
ship with special trai-ing and experi-
ence in law libraries.
Candidates having a degree in Arts
or Law or other special qualifications or
experience will be given special consid-
eration for appointment above the
minimum of the salary scale.
The duties will entail the assembling
of a basic collection of the leading legal
text books and law reports and the car-
ing for, cataloguing and indexing of all
the books and, of his own initiative, im-
proving and keeping the law library up-
to-date.













SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


General Conditions of Service. For pensionable appointment the
In the case of persons recruited from officer will be required to serve a pro-
outside Trinidad, quarters will be pro- bationary period of two years, and on
vided at a rental of 10% of salary; if the satisfactory completion of probation-
heavy basic furniture is required this ary service the officer will be eligible
will be at 5% per annum of the value for confirmation in his appointment.
of the furniture. If appointment is on contract, a
Free passages by the cheapest and gratuity is payable at six monthly
most direct route would be provided on periods or in a single lump sum at the
appointment for the officer, his wife and end of contract, calculated at the rate of
dependent children, up to a maximum 221/2% of salary for each completed
of five persons in all. period of three months' service. If the
Vacation leave will be granted at the gratuity is paid in a single lump sum,
rate of 45 days per annum. leave would earn gratuity.
Leave passages will be provided, not 3. Duties:
exceeding the cost of three adult return (i) To conduct surveys and rou-
passages to the United Kingdom after tine medical inspections of
a minimum tour of not less than four elementary school children
years. with a view to the detection of
Free medical attention will not be defects and the correction of
provided, but cost of operative treat- those that are remediable.
ment, X-ray examination and bacterio- (ii) To educate teachers, parents,
logical services for the officer himself and children in matters per-
would be met. training to health, with special
Subsistence allowance payable at the emphasis on child health.
approved rate when travelling on duty. (iii) To give lectures and demon-
Applicants should submit one up-to- stations on health matters to
date testimonial and furnish the names the general public.
of two referees including if possible (iv) To inspect school buildings
one resident in the Caribbean to whom and the school environment
they have been known for at least three generally.
years. (v) To take effective measures to
Candidates should address their ap- prevent the spread of com-
plications to the Federal Secretary, 29 municable diseases at school.
Maraval Road, Whitehall, Port of (vi) To give instruction to student
Spain, Trinidad, not later than 31st nurses in health visiting and
March, 1958. school nursing.
Applications from persons already in (vii) To perform such other duties
Applications from persons already which the Director of Medical
Government Service should be sub- Services may from time to
mitted through and with the approval time prescribe.
of their respective Governments.
4. Qualifications:
4th March, 1958. (i( Degrees or Dinlomas in Medi-


No. 126.
MEDICAL DEPARTMENT
(BRITISH GUIANA).

VACANCY FOR SCHOOL MEDICAL OFFICER.

Applications are invited from suit-
ably qualified persons for appointment
as S -hool Medical Officer, Medical De-
partment (British Guiana).
2. Appointment and Salary: The
post is pensionable but appointment
under contract for three years in the
first instance' can be arranged. Salary
is at the fixed rate of $7,200 per
annum. The appointment will be sub-
ject to medical fitness for service,
and the officer will be subject to
the rules and the General Orders of th.'
Government, and to Colonial Regula
tions.


cine and Surgery registrable
in the United Kingdom.
(ii) At least 3 years' experience as
a medical practitioner.
The Diploma in Public Health is
desirable, but not essential.
5. Age: Candidates should not be
over 40 years old on the 15th March,
1958, for pensionable appointments, but
this age-limit is not applicable to Public
Officers.
6. Leave and Leave Passages will be
granted in accordance with General
Orders.
7. Applications stating name, date
of birth, qualifications and experience
and accompanied by two recent testimo-
nials (not applicable to Public Officers)
should be addressed to the Chief Estab-
lishment Officer, Public Buildings,
Georgetown, British Guiana, to reach
him not later than the 15th March, 1958.
Public Officers should submit their ap-













98 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


plications not later than 8th March
1958 to the Heads of Departments for
transmission to the Chief Establish-
ment Officer. Applications received
after these dates will not be considered.
4th March, 1958.


No. 137.
RADIOGRAPHER, VICTORIA HOSPITAL,
ST. LUCIA.

Applications are invited from suit-
ably qualified persons for appointment
to the vacant post of Radiographer,
Victoria Hospital, St. Lucia, B.W.I.
The appointment will be subeet to
medical fitness and to the Regulations
of Her Majesty's Colonial Service and
to the Statutory Rules and Orders and
General Orders in force in the Colony
from time to time.
The particulars of the post are as
follows:-
APPOINTMENT:
On probation for a period of one
year.
SALARY:
The salary of the post (which is
not pensionable) is in the scale
$1,920 x $96-$2,688 per annum.
QUALIFICATIONS:
The qualifications required are a
Certificate of Study in Radiography
of a recognized institution, or equi-
valent experience for a minimum of
three years.
DUTIES:
The Duties will be assigned to
the Officer by the Medical Superin-
tendent or Resident Surgeon to whom
he/she will be directly responsible.
The duties relating to the post of
Radiographer include taking and de-
veloping all X-Ray films and the
supervision of X-ray Machine and
other equipment.
LEAVE:
Vacation leave at the rate of 24
days per annum accumulating to a
maximum of 48 days in respect of .2
years service.
Leave on account of illness at the
rate of 28 days per annum.
QUARTERS:
Quarters are not provided.
PASSAGES:
Free passages on first appoint-
ment for the officer and his wife and
children up to a maximum of five
persons in all.
TRAVELLING:
No travelling allowance is payable.


UNIFORM:
Uniforms or a uniform allowance
of $84 per annum will be provided.
Applications giving full particulars
of name, age, qualifications and experi-
ence accompanied by copies (which will
not be returned) of two original testi-
monials in the applicant's possession,
and should be submitted to the Secre-
tary, Public Service Commission, Gov-
ernment Office, Castries, St. Lucia,
B.W.I., not later than 15th March, 1958.
llth March, 1958.

No. 123
WEST INDIAN PUCLICATIONS

The West Indian Publications Regu-
lations, 1958, were made on 13th
January, 1958, and have been published
in the Legal supplement of The West
Indies Gazette Vol. 1, No. 7, dated 31st
January, 1958. These Regulations re-
quire inter alia that, within one month
after publication, one copy of each
West Indian publication be supplied
for the purpose of establishing and
maintaining a Federal Library of all
West Indian publications and one copy
to the Library of the University College
of The West Indies.
The public, and especially printers,
are hereby requested to carefully note
these Regulations, and to co-operate by
submitting to the above mentioned
Libraries the required copies of all
publications made by them, excluding
Trade Advertisements, tickets, time-
tables, tracts and calendars.
4th March, 1958.
(W. 23/1956.)

By Command,
G. LISLE FRASER,
Acting Government Secretary.
GOVERNMENT OFFICE,
11th March, 1958.


DEPARTMENTAL AND
OTHER NOTICES.

INCOME TAX NOTICE.
TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC.

Every person concerned, not being a
Government Officer, is hereby reminded
that the latest date for the submission of
Income Tax Returns for assessment iu
the year 1958 is the 31st March, and
that failure to give notice of charge-
ability is an offence against the Income
Tax Ordinance, rendering the person













SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


concerned liable to a fine not exceeding
SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY
DOLLARS.
2. Every person whose income accru.
ing in, derived from the Colony or else-
where and whether received in the
Colony or not for the preceding year,
exceeded the statutory limit of $480.00
is required to submit a return in the
prescribed form notwithstanding that on
account of approved deductions no tax
may eventually be chargeable, and
particular attention is directed to the
fact that the term "income" is deemed
to include not only money but also al-
lowances in kind.
3. Efforts are being made to send
blank forms to such persons. It is to be
clearly understood, however, that the
Income Tax Department is under no
obligation to send a return form to any-
one and that a person is not exonerated
from the statutory liability of making a
return even though a form may not have
been received from the Department.
Forms may be obtained, on application,
at the Revenue Offices at Georgetown,
Barrouallie, Bequia and Union Island,
or in any other district from the Police
Station situate therein or from the In-
come Tax Department, Kingstown,
where any person requiring information
in connection therewith is invited to
enquire.
4. The form correctly completed,
should be accompanied by all necessary
supporting statements. Specimens of
the form of account required from small
traders and from occupiers or cultiva-
tors of land will be supplied on request.
F. E. WILLIAMS,
Inland Revenue Officer.
INLAND REVENUE OFFICE,
KINGSTOWN,
14th January, 1958.


SAINT VINCENT.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE
WINDWARD ISLANDS AND
LEEWARD ISLANDS.
(SUmIuAR JURISDICTION)
A.D. 1957.

Suit No. 32.
Between


ROSAMOIND CLARKE


Plaintiff


LEONARD RICHARDS Defendant.

NOTICE is hereby given that on
Saturday the 29th day of March, 1958,
between the hours of 12 o'clock noon


and 3 p.m. there will be put up for sale
at the Court House in Kingstown the
undermentioned goods and chattels the
property of the abovenamed plaintiff
ROSAMOND CLARKE levied upon by virtue
of a writ of seizure and sale issued in
the above suit:-

1 House the sides boarded, roof
covered with galvanized iron, situ-
ate at Murray's Village.

Dated this 3rd day of March, 1958.


C. 0. R. PHILLIPS,
Registrar Supreme Court.


SAINT VINCENT.

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE
WINDWARD ISLANDS AND
LEEWARD ISLANDS.
A.D. 1957.

Suit No. 46.
Between
The CROWN ATTORNEY OF
SAINT VINCENT Plaintiff
and


MARTIN FRANOIS


Defendant


NOTICE is hereby given that on
Saturday the 29th day of March, 1958,
between the hours of 12 o'clock noon
and 3 p.m. there will be put up for sale
at the Court House in Kingstown the
undermentioned goods and chattels the
property of the abovenamed defendant
MARTIN FRANCIS levied upon by virtue
of a writ of seizure and sale issued in
the above suit:-

One (1) Austin Motor car P 625

One (1) Motor Pick-up Standard
Vanguard T 510

One (1) Simmons bed with
mattress and spring

Two (2) Sitting chairs

One (1) Mahogany desk complete
with two drawers

One (1) White pine desk complete
with four drawers

Twenty-three (23) slates

Dated this 23rd day of January,
.1958.
D. ELSON WEEKS,
Acting Registrar Supreme Court.













100 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


NOTICE.


UNDER THE LIQUOR LICENCE ORDINANCE, NO. 11 OF 1948.

It is hereby notified for general information that the Quarterly Liquor
Licensing Session will be held in the undermentioned Parishes for the purpose
of hearing applications from applicants in their respective Parishes for the
granting of Certificates in accordance with the provisions, of the Liquor Licences
Ordinance, No. 11 of 1948, at the times and places stated hereunder:-


Parish.
St. George & St. Andrew



Charlotte



St. Patrick



St. David


Time and Place of Session.
At the Court House, Kingstown on
Thursday the 13th day of March, 1958
at 9.15 a.m.

At the Court House, Georgetown on
Friday the 14th day of March, 1958
at 9.15 a.m.

At the Court House, Barrouallie on
Monday the 10th day of March, 1958
at 9.15 a.m.

At the Court House, Chateaubelair on
Monday the 24th day of March, 1958
at 9.15 a.m.


Notices of intention wu oppose the grant of any Certificates, stating in general
terms the grounds of the opposition, must be served upon the applicant and
upon the Magistrate not later than seven days before the day fixed for the holding
of the Licensing Sessions.
C. E. RAWLE,
Magistrate.


PARTICULARS OF APPLICANTS FOR NEW CERTIFICATES AND TRANSFERS.


Parish


St. George. &
St. Andrew













Charlotte ..


St. Patrick

St. David ....


Owen Adams
Oscar Barnwell
Gabriel W. Forde

Club De Vincent

Adeline McLean
(Mrs.)
Albertina Matthews
Leon O'Garro
Richard
Trimmingham
Rupert Jack

Jonathan Nichols
Ruby Paynter
Lawrence Lampkin
Peter N. Daniel
Joy Liverpool
Joseph Anderson


IMay Dublin


Residence Situation of
Premises


Shopkeeper
do.
do.

Membership
Club
Shopkeeper

do.
do.
do.

do.

do.
Proprietress
Shopkeeper
do.
do.
do.

do.


Belair
New Montrose
Bay Street
Kingstown
do.


Belair
New Montrose
Bay Street
Kingstown
do.


Upper Stubbs Upper Stubbs

Victoria Village Victoria Village
Prospect Prospect
Richmond Hill Richmond Hill

Chauncey Chauncey
Village Village
Kingstown Park Kingstown Park
do. do.
Lowmans Wd. Lowmans Wd.
New Grounds New Grounds
Georgetown Georgetown
Barrouallie Barrouallie

Chateaubelair Chateaubelair


C. E. RAWLE,
Magistrate.

Magistrate's OOhice,
Kingstown.
22nd February, 1958.











SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARC, 1953.-(No. 15.) 101


TREASURY NOTICE.

LAND AND HOUSE TAX DEFAULTERS.

Notice is hereby given that the undermentioned persons having become
defaulters under the "Land and House Tax Ordinance", their properties having
been levied upon will be offered for sale at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday 15th March,
1958, at the Treasury, Kingstown, for the recovery of taxes due.


Treasury Chambers,
Kingstown.
21st February, 1958.

Name of Owner or
Occupier

Alexander, Mary
Augustus, Gloriana
Bacchus, Phillip
Ballantyne, Agatha
Ballantyne, McConnie..
Ballantyne, Naboth
Baptiste, Alfred
Baptiste, Charles
Baptiste, Hamilton
Baptiste, Hubert H.
Baptiste, Ivy
Baptiste, Mildred
Benn, Eleazor
Benn, Ezekiel
Bramble, George
Browne, Alexander
Cato, Phillip
Cato, Royal
Davis, Alma T.
Frank, O'Neal
Glasgow, Thomas
Green, Martha
Harry, Mabel
John, Norval
King, Joseph
Lewis, Maude
Maloney, Janie
MacKenzie, John
Mills, George
Morgan, George
Morgan, Henry
Morgan, John
Morgan, May
Nanton, Alfred
Nanton, George
Nanton, Lucretia
Nanton, Luthel
Nanton, Miriam
Nero, Claude
Nero, Beatrice
Nero, John George
Nero, Julian
Ottley, Elizabeth
Pope, Ishmael
Roberts, Joseph Jnr.
Roberts, Laura
Roberts, Spencer
Rodgers, James
Samuel, Ebenezer R.
Sween, Alexander
Williams, John
Williams, Margaret
Williams, Robert


A. D. W. JOHNSON,
Accountant General.


Situation of
Property

Glenside
Richland Park
Richland Park
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay '
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Grants
Adelphi
Ropes Mt.
Grants
Biabou
Hopewell
Hopewell
Hopewell
Adelphi
Biabou
Adelphi
Freeland
Hopewell
Richland Park
Richland Park
Adelphi
Richland Park
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Caruth
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
Sandy Bay
New Prospect
Adelphi
Richland Park
New Prospect
Richland Park
Adelphi


Description of
Property


1 Dwelling House
1 Spot
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 D sellingg House
1 ,.*oi
1 ac. 3 rds.
2 acres
1 Spot
1 Dwelling House
J poles
1 House & Spot
3 ac. 0 rd. 32 poles
27 poles
2 roods
20 poles
1 Spot
1 Spot
16 poles
1 Dwelling House
4 ae. 2 rd. 8 pls.
1 Dwelling House
1 ac. 2 rd. 24 p1s.
1 Dwelling House
3 ac. 0 rd. 36 p1s.
1 Spot
1 Dwelling House
1 Spot
1 Dwelling House
1 Spot
1 Spot
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Spot
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
1 Dwelling House
2 ac. 0 rd. 18 pls.
1 Spot
2 rds.
2 ac. 0 rd. 11 pls.
1 Dwelling House
1 acre


Amount of
Taxes Owing
$ c.
1.14
.78
1.34
1.74
1.92
1.68
2.16
1.26
1.26
1.26
1.26
1.26
.78
1.02
1.02
.78
1.02
.78
2.38
1.50
.78
.78
.78
.78
.78
.78
1.02
1.74
1.34
1.68
1.68
1.68
1.26
2.16
1.98
1.68
.78
1.68
1.02
1.56
3.54
1.68
.78
1.02
1.58
1.02
1.68
1.26
.78
.78
1.26
1.02
.78












102 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.--(No. 15.)


CUSTOMS NOTICE.

By Authority of Section 27 Cap 183 of the Customs Ordinance, the undermentioned goods which have
been in the Customs Warehouse for over one year as at 31st January 1958, will be sold by Public Auction
on Wednesday 26th Maroh 1958 at 1.00 o'clock p.m., unless duly cleared or re-warehoused.


H.M. Customs,
St. Vincent.
12th February, 1958.


JAMES H. D. COX,
Collector of Customs & Excise.


CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE-SECTION 1.


Marks & Nos.


Quantity Declared Contents


12. 8.55. Daerwood
25.10.55. Lady Angela
27. 1.56. Canadian
Constructor
1. 5.56. Turtle Dove

2. 6.56. Fernwood
4. 6.56. Water Lily
1. 8.56. Mulberry Hill
10. 8.56. Hendrick Fisser
8.10.56. Pensacola Bay
do.
do.
do.
24.10.56. West Indian

30.11.56. Pygmalion
1.12.56. Lady Angela
10.12.56. do.
28.12.56. Castor
16. 1.57. Trader
do.
30. 1.57. Maracas Bay
30.11.56. Pygmalion
28.12.56. Castor
11. 1.56 Elin Horn


John H. Hazell
Corea & Co. Ltd.
Corea & Co. Ltd.


C&Co.
Corea & Co.
C & Co.


Orange Hill Est. J. S.


G. A. Forde
P. H. Veira
John H. Hazell
Corea & Co. Ltd.
John H. Hazell
do.
do.
do.
Corea & Co. Ltd.

Corea & Co. Ltd.
do.
do.
do.
John H. Hazell
do.
do.
Corea & Co. Ltd.
do.
John H. Hazell


B.H.S.--4368
P. H. V.
J. F.
C & Co.-5
C. P.
J. H. H.
U. T. L.
C & Co. or Corea
W.B.
I.T.C. )-1319
M.S.-4/5
Evans King
C & Co. Ltd.
Messrs. Baynes Bros.-52
0. D. B.-1
J.P.-P.S/10373-1
P.H.V.-3
M.B.-3
M.D.B.-1221/5
B.B.-5595-4/5


1 ctn.
1 ctn:
2 ctns.


6 only or
1 bdl.
1 case
1 pkg.
1 ctn.
1 case
3 bdls.
1 ctn.
1 ctn.
1 ctn.


Rinso
Merchandise
Canned Goods

Paddles

Merchandise
Labels
Rinso
Adverts
C.1. Coal Pots
Canned Goods
Canned Goods
Tomato Sauce


1 bale Merchandise


2 cases
2 ctns.
I pel.
1 pcl.
1 case
1 case
1 ctn.
1 case
3 pkgs.
3 etns.


Rayon Goods
Hats
Motor Car Parts
Calenders
Advertising Material
Advertising Material
Merchandise
Merchandise
Cotton & Rayon Goods
Cigarettes


IN SECTION 2 OF CUSTOMS WAREHOUSE OVER
AS AT 31ST JANUARY 1958.


ONE YEAR


Date Quantity &
Ware- Ship Consignee Marks & Nos. QuanDescription & Declared Contents
housed Description


14. 9.55. Craftsman

14.12.55. West Indian
25. 4.55. Elin Horn
2. 5.56. West Indian


6.56.
7.56.
7.56.
7.56.


do.
Lady Steadfast
Castor
Sculptor


8.56. West Indian
9.56. Pygmalion
9.56. Fernwood


John H. Hazell

Corea & Co. Ltd.
John H. Hazell
Corea & Co. Ltd.

do.
John H. Hazell
Corea & Co. Ltd.
John H. Hazell
do.
Corea & Co. Ltd.
do.
do.


Govic Co.-1
2
C&Co.
C & Co.
A. J.Gandie
P.H.V. & Co.
K. Mc.Intosh
G. A. V.
Frigos 5856-RPK JHS
Ellist-118
G.C.
F.H
G.A.V
J. H. H.


1 case
1 case
2 kegs
1 ctn.
2 cases

1 pkg.
2 ctns.
15 reels
1 case
4 etns.
1 ctn.
2 bdls.
1 bdl.


Elect ric Motor
Electric Starter
0 um Arabic
Merchandise
Locks

Merchandise
Beer
Counter Cells (Paper)
Sample Wines
Bottled Beer & Stout
Stout
Smoked Herrings
Me. Leans


Date
Ware-
housed


Ship


Consignee


ARTICLES












SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


Marks & Nos.


Description D Ctet
Quantity & Declared Contents


11. 7.56. _..ulptor
6.10.56. Herdsman
27.11.56. Dius Star
11.12.56. Di)a.-rwood
11.12.56. S.S. Planter
do.
do.

11.12.56. Pensacola Bay
3. 1.57. Mandalay II
4. 1.57. Lady Angela
20. 1.57. Mandalay II
27. 1.57. West Indian
29. 1.57. Sygna


John H. Hazell
do.
Barclays Bank
George A. Forde
John H. Hazell
do.
do.

do.
Hadley Bros.
Corea & Co. Ltd.
do.
do.
John H. Hazell


0. II.
W. J. Abbott-26756
Cotton Ginnery
N/M-N/N
Reqn. 4918/1-1258
C & Co.-7
E
Bacon -2 of H 6426
N/M
F.R.
J. II. H.
P. H. C.
E. D. L.-31 A 5070, 30
Great Star


2 bdls.
Lbdl.
5 bdls.
3 lengths
1 case
1 case
1 case

1 case
1 case
1 only
2 bales
1 bale
1 bag


Buckets
Tractor Tubes
Corrugated Cartons
Galvd. Pipes
Biological Equipment
Advertising Matter
Refrigerator Machin-
ery
Oak Milk Powder
Almanacs
Empty Cylinder
Empty Copra Bags
Cotton piece Goods
Bran


IN CUSTOMS BAGGAGE WAREHOUSE
AS AT 31ST JANUARY 1958.


Consignee


Marks & Nos.


OVER ONE YEAR


Quantity Declared Contents


11. 9.56. B.G. Plane
14.11.56. B.G. Plane


T-1230
T-354


Geo. Williams


St. Vincent Bacon Factory

Cornwall King





Grenada




H. B. Crichton


1 pkg. Periodicals
1 pkg. Medical & Phar. Pro-
ducts
2 pkgs. Rubber Boots
1 pkg. Child's Shoes
1 pkg. Ladies' Shoes
1 pkg. Gents Shoes
2 pkgs. Seine Twine
1 pkg. Sealing Tape
2 loose Motor Vehicle Fans
1 ctn. Enamelware & Glass-
ware
2 loose Motor Car Springs
12 loose Floor Tiles
4 M.T. Oil Tins
1 bdl. Bed Spring & Mat-
tress
3 only Bath Pans
1 pkg. (13 Printed Cloth
Yds.)
1 pkg. (18) Shirts
2 packs Candles
1 pkg. Turtle Shell
1 ctn. Worn Clothing
1 pkg. Shaft Kit


IN SPIRIT WAREHOUSE OVER ONE YEAR
AS AT 31ST JANUARY 1958.


Date
Ware- Ship
housed

20. 7.56. Mandalay II

23.10.56. Mandalay II


Consignee


Progressive
Trading Agency
Hadley Bros.


Marks & Nos.


P. T. A.

0. S. Brisbane


Quantity & Declared Contents
Description


2 ctns. Rum

1 case Matches


ARTICLES IN PETROLEUM WAREHOUSE OVER ONE YEAR
AS AT 31ST JANUARY 1958.


1 drum Kerosene .Oil


James E. Kirton


Date
Ware-
housed


Ship


Consignee


ARTICLES


Date
Ware-
housed


Ship


J. H. Hazell
do.


Cloudia S.


ARTICLES


17. 8.56




























104 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 11 MARCH, 1958.-(No. 15.)


ST. VINCENT CIVIL SERVICE
ASSOCIATION.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING.

Notice is hereby given that the
Annual General Meeting of the Civil
Service Association will be held at the
Court House on Thursday, 27th March,
1958, at 8.00 p.m.
Included on the agenda will be the
election of Officers for the 1958/59 term
and the presentation of financial and
secretarial reports on the past year.
All members of the Civil Service
are invited to attend


2. All persons are therefore re-
quested to exercise the greatest caution
in the use of water so as to conserve
whatever is available.
3. It has come to the notice of the
Public Works Department that persons
are using water from the Distribution
System for commercial irrigation pur-
poses. This is a contravention of the
Water Ordinance and legal action will
be taken against offenders.
4. The use of garden hoses is pro-
hibited until further notice.
5. At standpipes, the practices of
watering animals, washing clothes, bath-
ing and allowing the standpipes to run


C. W. ITON alier receptacles for collection o water
Honorary Secretary. are full, are all offences punishable un-
der the Water Ordinance.
8th March, 1958.
6. The public is therefore requested
to cooperate with the Department in its
WATER NOTICE. efforts to minimise the waste of water
during this period qf shortage.
The Public is hereby reminded that R. G. SMITH,
within recent months there has been a Superintendent of Works.
shortage of water which has been Superintendent of Works.
intensified by drought. 1st March, 1958.


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KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT
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AUDIT REPORT-ST. VINCENT, 1957.


TABLE OF CONTENTS.



AUTHORITIES .. .. ..
MANNER IN WHICH THE ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN KEPT
AND RENDERED .. .. ...


Paragraphs
1 2


3 11


SUFFICIENCY OF EXISTING CHECKS AGAINST IRREG-
ULARITY AND FRAUD .. .. .. .. 12 13
DEPARTURES FROM APPROVED REGULATIONS .. 14 17
ERRORS IN CLASSIFICATION .. .. .. .. 18

REVENUE .. .. .. .. .. .. 19 26

EXPENDITURE .. .. .. .. .. .. 27 38

RECONCILIATION AND ANALYSIS OF BELOW-THE-
LINE ACCOUNTS .. .. .. .. .. 39 53
STATEMENT OF SPECIAL FUNDS .. .. 54 63

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS .. .. .. 64

STATEMENT OF PUBLIC DEBT .. .. .. 65 66

PROGRAMME OF WORK.. .. .. .. .. 67
VERIFICATION OF. ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.. .. 68 78

QUERIES .. .. .. .. .. 79 81

OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS OF IMPORTANCE .. 82 84
LAYING OF REPORTS BEFORE LEGISLATURE.. .. 85 86


Appendix 1.
Appendix 2.
Appendix 3.
Appendix 4.


APPENDICES.

STATEMENT OF ERRORS IN CLASSIFICATION.
STATEMENT OF ARREARS OF REVENUE.
STATEMENT OF AUTHORITIES FOR EXPENDITURE.
STATEMENT OF LOSSES.


In this report amounts are expressed in West Indian
dollars at a fixed exchange rate of $4.80 to 1 sterling.














REPORT OF THE PRINCIPAL AUDITOR, WINDWARD ISLANDS, ON
THE AUDIT OF THE ACCOUNTS OF THE COLONY OF ST. VINCENT,
FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31ST DECEMBER, 1957.

AUTHORITIES.
The accounts of the Colony of St. Vincent for the year ended 31st
December, 1957 have been examined in accordance with a Programme of Work
approved by the Director General of the Overseas Audit Service.
2. This report is made to the Director General of the Overseas Audit
Service and to the Government of the Colony of St. Vincent, in accordance
with Colonial Regulation No. 267 and Instruction No. 39 of Part I of the
Departmental Instructions of the Overseas Audit Department.

MANNER IN WHICH THE ACCOUNTS HAVE BEEN KEPT AND
RENDERED.
TREASURY ACCOUNTS.
3. The standard of accounting was fair throughout the year. It will be
observed, however, that reference is made in this report to certain matters of
detail already brought to notice in previous Audit Reports but remaining
unadjusted in 1957.
ANNUAL STATEMENTS.
4. The Accountant General closed his accounts for 1957 in April 1958,
and submitted draft annual statements in July, 1958. The majority of these
was returned for correction, and re-submitted in September and October, 1958.
5. The Tabular Summary of Unallocated Stores has not yet been re-
ceived from the Accountant General.
TREASURY ACCOUNTS.
6. The standard of receipt vouching continued to be satisfactory during
1957, but payment vouching remained generally unsatisfactory, many vouchers
lacking reference to authorities, certificates, receipts :and ther eametial infor-
mation.
7. Receipt Book Register: An examination of the Treasury Receipt Book
Distribution Register revealed that there are a large number of Counterfoil
Receipt Books which remain unaccounted for, many of which have been out-
standing for more than two years.
8. A slight improvement was noted in the submission of half yearly
returns of stocks of receipt books held in departments, but the general position
regarding their submission remains unsatisfactory.
DEPARTMENTAL ACCOUNTS.
9. Inventories: With reference to paragraph 16 of the 1956 Audit Report,
little improvement was noted in the maintenance of proper inventories of fur-
niture and equipment by departments.
10. Customs Department: As in previous years the Customs Warehouse
Ledgers were posted too far in arrears to permit of a physical check of the goods
warehoused.
11. Post Office: The main accounts of the Post Office have only recently
been written up to September, 1957 and have not yet-been audited. The
reconciliation of these accounts with the Treasury has not, however, been pre-
pared beyond June, 1953.

SUFFICIENCY OF EXISTING CHECKS AGAINST IRREGULARITY
AND FRAUD.
REGULATIONS.
12. The various regulations provide adequate checks against irregularity
and fraud but they have sometimes been rendered ineffective by neglect of their
observance. There remains a general need for improved supervision of junior
staff within departments and for the external supervision of departments by
the Treasury.














LOSSES.
13. A statement of losses due to theft, fraud, or negligence which have
been brought to notice since the date of the last Audit Report appears as
Appendix 4 to this report.
DEPARTURES FROM APPROVED REGULATIONS.
BOARDS OF SURVEY ON STORES.
14. Reports of Boards of Survey in accordance with Colonial Regulation
No. 276 have not been seen for the following stores:
(i) Agriculture
(ii) Medical
(iii) Public Assistance
(iv) Public Health Engineering Unit
Reports of Boards of Survey for items (iii) and (iv) have not been
seen for 1956 and for item (ii) for both 1955 and 1956.

RELIEF FROM IMPORT DUTY.
15. Aids to Pioneer Industries Ordinance: The period of five years relief
from import duty, allowed by the Ordinance, was exceeded by one pioneer
industry during the year. The resulting undercollection of import duty
amounting to $255.12 was written off on the authority of Executive Council
in 1958.
16. The rate of import duty on a specific commodity was reduced from
20% to 121/2% by the Executive Council during the year. Though the Execu-
tive Council is empowered, under the Customs Ordinance, to exempt from duty
in any particular ease it is not considered that this includes authority to reduce
the rate of duty. The matter is under correspondence.
SAVINGS BANK.
17. The Savings Bank Ordinance (No. 1 of 1936) provides for publication
in the Government Gazette of the annual audited accounts of the Savings Bank.
The accounts for 1955 and 1956 have not, as far as I am aware, yet been pub-
lished.
ERRORS IN CLASSIFICATION.
18. Errors in classification brought to the notice of the Accountant Gen-
eral and not adjusted in the accounts for 1957 totalled 255, all of which have
,been admitted at the date of this report. Those of $240 or more in amount
are listed at Appendix 1 to this report.

REVENUE.
ASSESSMENT AND COLLECTION.
19. Assessment 'of revenue remained generally satisfactory during 1957,
but collection continued to be in arrears.

STATE OF ARREARS.
20. A statement of arrears of revenue compiled from returns submitted
by departments is attached as Appendix 2 to this report.
21. The statement shows arrears amounting to $212,116.98 as at 31st
December, 1957 of which $39,200.37 relates to the period prior to 1956. It is
not unlikely that certain of these older arrears may now prove irrecoverable
and early investigation has been recommended.
22. Loans to Agricultural Credit Societies: The control over the repay-
ment of loans from revenue to Agricultural Credit Societies remained unsatis-
factory during the year. The actual revenue for the year of $86,965.51 was
$93,034.49 short of the estimate of $180,000. The arrears of revenue at 31st
December, 1957, amounted to $93,992.10 of which $58,384.67 has been collected
at.the date of this report.














23. Post Office: Queries relating to undercollection of import duty at
the Post Office amounting to over $500, in respect of the years 1954 to 1956,
remain unsettled, at the date of this report.

24. Rent of Government Quarters: Short collections of house rent pay-
able by Government officers amounting to $534.07 were observed during the
year. An amount of $23.97 has since been collected, leaving a balance of $510.10
to be recovered from the officers concerned.

25. Crown Lands Rents: With reference to paragraph 23 of the 1956
Audit Report, the District Officer, Southern Grenadines, reported that he was
not empowered to collect the rents and proceeds of sale of Crown Lands at
Union Island. The necessary powers have since been vested in him and steps
are being taken to collect arrears.

26. Import Duty: With reference to paragraph 20 of the 1956 Audit
Report, the arrears of import duty at 31st December, 1957 in respect of goods
pre-delivered prior to 1957, amounted to $1,524.54, of which up to the time of
writing this report only $416.80 has been recovered.

EXPENDITURE.
AUTHORITY FOR DISBURSEMENTS.
27. Details of the various authorities for expenditure are shown at Ap-
pendix 3 to this report.
EXPENDITURE CONTROL.
28. An essential factor in ensuring effective control of expenditure is
that authority is sought and obtained before public funds are actually dis-
bursed. At the date of this report Special Warrants have not been seen for
excess expenditure of $381,862.33 over the approved Estimates on 123 subheads;
these figures do not include Colonial Development and Welfare votes in respect
of which excess expenditure of $218,695.12 was incurred without the authority
of Special Warrants.

29. Reference to Special Warrants Nos. 44 and 45 in the Detailed State-
ment of Expenditure refer to two Warrants now being prepared to cover the
excesses expenditure referred to in paragraph 28 above.

30. Savings quoted on Special Warrants in support of application for
supplementary provision were not realized to the extent of $2,381.09.

31. Head 26-Public Works Extraordinary: Extraordinary expenditure
extending over a period of more than one year is provided for by means of a
revote of the balance available from year to year. Such revotes are, of necessity,
based on estimated figures of expenditure in the previous year. Should the
expenditure in the previous year exceed that estimated then it follows that
expenditure on the revote should be correspondingly decreased unless specific
approval is otherwise obtained.

32. In the following instances the amounts estimated as available for
revote in 1957 did not materialise:
Total Actual Revote Expenditure Excess
Estimated Expenditure 1957 1957 1957
cost in 1956
Item 1-Police Sta-
tion Spring Vil-
lage .. $ 5,000 $ 4,850 $1,000 $ 809 $ 559
Item 5-Govern-
ment House
(Furniture) .. $ 1,400 $ 1,430 $ 400 $ 627 $ 627
Item 7-Public
Repairs .. $62,000 $71,946 $2,000 $5,210 $5,210

In addition it should be noted that the total estimated cost has in
each case been exceeded and it is evident that there is need for stricter control
over expenditure of this nature.














33. Head 33-Colonial Development and Welfare Scheme D 2953 Feeder
Roads: Twenty duplicate payments of crop compensation amounting to
$1,315.07 were paid and charged to this subhead of expenditure during the
year. No recoveries have yet been made and the matter is under correspon-
dence.
34. Head 25-Public Works Recurrent Iten 24- Unallocated Stores: The
gross expenditure on purchases of Unallocated Stores during the year exceeded
that approved in the Estimates by $26,098.66.. The approval of the Legislature
for this excess has not been seen.
35. Head 16 Miscellaneous Item 34: The payment of an honorarium of
$500 to an officer in addition to his statutory pension, and charged to an ad-
vance account in 1956 was transferred to expenditure in 1957. The authority
of the Governor and the Secretary of State for this payment has not yet been
seen. (The amount paid was erroneously shown as $750 in my 1956 Report).
36. Head 28 Subventions Iten 10: This subvention is payable by the
Federal Government with effect from 1st January, 1958. An amount of
$27,366.50 paid during the year as subvention to the University College of the
West Indies for the period January to July, 1958 has been recovered in 1958.
37. Head E 33 Colonial Development and Welfare-Item 14: The Ex-
penditure under this head is understated by $1,996, being cost of fertilizer
received which was not paid for in cash, but was deducted from an amount
receivable from the sale of produce. Revenue Head 13 Item 8 is correspondingly
understated.
UNVOUCHED EXPENDITURE.
38. Unvouched Expenditure: Nine payment vouchers for 1957, totalling
$2,216.64 have not yet been seen in Audit. In addition, vouchers in support
of. five withdrawals from the Savings Bank amounting to $190.14, have not
been seen.
RECONCILIATION AND ANALYSIS OF BELOW-THE LINE
ACCOUNTS.
DEPARTMENTAL BALANCES.
39. Reconciliations of the following balances with departmental records
have not been seen:


Advances
(i) Snagg Estate, Canouan
Deposits
(ii) Recruited Workers, U.S.A.
(iii) Suitors' Money
Special Funds
(iv) Central Housing and Planning
(v) Savings Bank
Other than Special Funds
(vi) Post Office Account
(vii) Supply Control Trading


$ 718.96

37,540.47
2,265.25

25,558.27 Dr.
603,040.07

210,087.28 Dr.
79,350.42


BALANCES REQUIRING ANALYSIS.
40. No analyses have been seen of the following balances:


Government of Barbados
Government of Trinidad and Tobago
Colonial Development and Welfare Office, Bar-
bados

Distressed Emigrants' Fund-old account ..
Distressed Emigrants' Fund-new account ..
with other Windward Islands-Outwards
St. Lucia
Grenada
Dominica


$ 3,689.47
1,445.96 Cr.
1,531.33


710.68
432.00


$ 4,855.48
18,568.37
22,120.99


Advances
(i)
(ii)
(iii)

Deposits
(iv)
(v)
Accounts
(vi)
(vii)
(viii)


. .















ADVANCES-O--THER ADMINISTRATIONS.
41. An examination of the analyses of the accounts with other Adminis-
trations revealed that there were charges amounting to $2,178.13 in respect
of the period prior to 1957 which have not yet been reimbursed by the govern-
ments concerned.

DORMANT AMOUNTS.
42. With reference to paragraphs 56 and 57 of the 1956 Audit Report,
the following accounts remain dormant:
Advances
(i) Banana Shed .. $ 189.10
(ii) Denominational Contribution .. 760.00
Deposits
(iii) Raw Cotton Commission .. 6,805.10

OTHER ADVANCES.

43. Acquisition Biabou Arrowroot Factory-$5,463.10: This is made up
of $2,141.15 expended on repairs to the Biabou Arrowroot Factory, which
has been acquired by Government, and $3,321.95 being balance of a loan made
to the Biabou Agricultural Credit Society and transferred to this account
during the year. Authority for charging these sums to an advance account
has not been seen, and the Accountant General has been asked to clarify the
position.

44. Colonial Office-4$3,898.04: The balance of this advance account in-
cludes charges amounting to $2,209.42 in respect of the period prior to 1957,
which apparently have not yet been reimbursed by the Colonial Office.

45. Purchase of Fertiliser-$37,620.86: This account was first opened in
1954 for the purchase and resale of fertilizer to Agricultural Credit Societies
and Cotton Growers' Association. Authority to operate this account below
the line has not yet been seen.

46. Though the account shows a debit balance of $37,620.86 at 31st De-
cember, 1957 there were no actual stocks of fertilizer on hand at this date.
At the 31st July this balance has been further reduced to $13,513.90 and the
Accountant General has been asked to investigate and advise re clearance.

47. Loans to Fishermen-$2,000: This account consists of a loan to a
Fishermen's Co-operative Association repayable over a period of three years.
Since this loan is not of a current nature it should have been met from voted
moneys in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Secretary of State's Circular
Despatch of 25th November, 1937.

48. Suspense Account-$5,698.57 The balance of this account consists
primarily of a charge of $5,696.95 in respect of the payment of an officer's
gratuity and pension, which has not yet been finally approved.

49. Central Arrowroot Factory-Trading Expenses-$111,982.59: With
reference to paragraph 60 of the 1956 Audit Report, no action was taken during
the year to meet the Secretary of State's objection to this unauthorised advance.
The account is incorrectly classified as an Advance in Anticipation of Loan.


MISCELLANEOUS DEPOSITS.

50. It is considered that a number of the miscellaneous deposit accounts
contain receipts which should correctly have been transferred to revenue. The
matter is still under investigation.

51. Supply Control Department-$79,350.42: The Trading Accounts and
Balance Sheet for the year ended 31st December, 1956 have been examined
and a separate report thereon submitted to Government.















52. The Balance Sheet at that date shows that the Department has accu-
mulated funds and reserves amounting to $90,083.56. I am not aware to what
extent the department is authorised to accumulate profits and reserves and
the Accountant General has been requested to clarify the position.

53. Sundry Debtors at 31st December, 1956 amounted to $12,223.44 and
outstanding ,claims on Insurance Companies to $26,742.79. A number of these
debtors and claims have been outstanding for several years and their value
must now be regarded as doubtful.

STATEMENT OF SPECIAL FUNDS.
RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS.
54. The totals for receipts and payments shown in the Statement of
Special Funds both exceed the corresponding figures in the Annual Abstract
Account by $407,683.48. This difference is due to the use of net figures for
certain transactions in the Annual Abstract Account.

55. The following Special Funds were under-invested at 31st December,
1957 as follows:
(i) Permanent Investment Eruption Fund .. $12,841.30
(ii) Savings Bank .. 63,811.47
(iii) Simmons Bequest Fund .. 577.98
(iv) Sugar Industry-Price Stabilisation .. 17,241.47

56. The following Sugar Industry Funds were over-invested at 31st De-
cember, 1957 as follows:
(i) Labour Welfare .. 14,670.50
(ii) Rehabilitation .. 7,065.07

57. The undermentioned deposit accounts included in the Statement of
Special Funds represent local receipts in respect of Colonial Development and
Welfare Schemes, and should have been credited to revenue Head 13 during
the year:
(i) Aedes-Aegypti .. $ 10.50
(ii) Anti-Treponemotosis .. 49.73
(iii) Camden Park .. 32,727.46
(iv) Cotton Pest .. 869.58
(v) Cocoa Development .. 10,383.98
(vi) Livestock Improvement .. 11.40

$44,052.65

58. Deferred Maintenance-$22,362.80: Part of the block Grant in Aid
was erroneously credited to a Deposit Account when received, and periodic
transfers were made to revenue, as expenditure on Deferred Maintenance was
incurred. The balance of $22,362.80 ought also to have been credited to rev-
enue. Adjustment has since been effected in the 1958 accounts.
59. Cotton Working Account-$216,151.44: With reference to paragraph
65 of the 1956 Audit Report the debit balance on this account had increased
to $216,151.44 at the 31st December, 1957, and represents the excess of disburse-
ments over receipts on the working of the Ginnery since its inception.
60. The Profit and loss accounts of the Ginnery for 1956 and 1957 show
working deficits of $102,625.93 and $39,820.26 respectively, and at the 31st
December, 1957 the current liabilities exceeded the current assets by $149,812.94.
61. The Advance is unsecured and it is not clear whether or not the Gin-
nery is being operated on Government's behalf. The extent to which Govern-
ment is to continue to provide liquid capital for its continued operation is a
matter which should receive early consideration.
62. Central Housing and Planning Authority-$25,558.27: This account,
nominally a Deposit Account, carried a debit balance of $25,558.27 at 31st
December, 1957. At the 31st July, 1958 the account was still in debit to the
extent of $17,895.78 and the Accountant General has been asked to look into
the matter.










63. St. Vincent Air Service: With reference to paragraph 71 of the
1956 Audit Report, the Secretary of State has since approved the extension of
the Colonial Development and Welfare Scheme for the St. Vincent Air Service-
D 1517 & A-D to 31st December, 1958. The debit balance of the 'Special Fund
at 31st December, 1957 was transferred to expenditure in 1958.

STATEMENT OF INVESTMENTS.
64. Sinking Fund-Rural Water Supply Loan, 1950: The cost price of
the investment in Mauritius 43/4% Stock, shown as 134. 7. 6d. in the State-
ment of Investments, is understated by 122. 0. Id. and should read 256. 7. 7d.
This error is also reflected in the Statement of Public Debt and the accumulated
Funds for Redemption of $7,069.10 shown under this loan should read $7,654.72.

STATEMENT OF PUBLIC DEBT.
FUNDS FOR REDEMPTION.
65. Electric Light, Telephone and Road Reconstruction Loan, 1929: The
accumulated funds for redemption of this loan amounted to $132,217.88 at
31st December, 1957; the amount of the loan outstanding at the same date was
$127,850.46.
66. Graham Bequest'Loan 1952: The amount repaid has been under-
stated by $1,515.28 and should read $4,545.84; the amount outstanding at the
end of the year should, therefore, read $10,606.88.

PROGRAMME OF WORK.
67. With the exception of certain items which have been reported to the
Director General of the Overseas Audit Service, the approved Programme of
Work for 1957 has been completed. There was no material departure from the
approved programme during the year.

VERIFICATION OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.
68. Cash, Crown Agents Current, $28,551.78: This is overstated by
$28,800 due to a misallocation in the Treasury, and should read: Overdraft,
Crown Agents Current, $248.22. The liability, Joint Consolidated Fund is
correspondingly overstated by $28,800, and should read $1,228,800. The figures
of $248.22 and $1,228,800 have been verified from the statement of balances
certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

DRAFTS AND REMITTANCES.
69. Clearance of the amount of $7,183.06, shown as Draft and Remit-
tances, was made in 1958.

CASH, SUB-ACCOUNTANTS.
70. Cash, Sub-Accountants-$17,997.87: is overstated by $6,694.99 and
should read $11,302.88. This latter figure has been verified from the reports
of Boards of Survey appointed in accordance with Colonial Regulation No. 252.
The difference of $6,694.99 is represented by remittances in transit of $6,704.99,
which were cleared in 1958 less a misallocation of $10.

CASH, TREASURY.
71. The balance of cash held in the Treasury ($36,034.22) has been veri-
fied from the report of the Board of Survey appointed in accordance with
Colonial Regulation No. 252.

INVESTMENTS.
72. Securities held by Crown, Agents have been verified from statements
certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General. Investments in the Govern-
ment Savings Bank have been verified from the Savings Bank Ledgers.

OVERDRAFTS.
73. The balance of the Overdraft, Barclays Bank ($139,895.62) has been
satisfactorily reconciled with the amount shown on the Bank Certificate.














REMITTANCE IN TRANSIT.
74. The liability Remittance in Transit ($24,000) was cleared in 1958.

COLONIAL DEVELOPMENT AND WELFARE FUNDS.
75. The Statement of Assets and Liabilities shows an amount of
$248,068.41 as due to Her Majesty's Government in respect of Colonial
Development and Welfare Schemes. The verification of this figure awaits
the completion of the audit of the Colonial Development and Welfare State-
ments for 1957. No information is given as to the amount due from Her
Majesty's Government in respect of Colonial Development and Welfare Schemes.

ADVANCES IN ANTICIPATION OF LOANS.
76. Footnote No. 3 to the Statement of Assets and Liabilities shows an
amount of $949,272.76 as Advances in Anticipation of Loans. This amount is
overstated by $111,982.59 and should read $837,290.17. Paragraph 49 of
this report refers.

PUBLIC DEBT.
77. The figures of $670,558.80 and $216,074.28, shown in Footnote No. 1
to the Statement of Assets and Liabilities, for Public Debt and Accumulated
Fund for redemption are incorrect and should read $669,043.52 and $216,659.90
respectively. Paragraphs 66 and 64 of this report refer.

CONTINGENT LIABILITY GOVERNMENT SAVINGS BANK.
78. The contingent liability to the Savings Bank, shown at Footnote No. 5
to the Statement of Assets and Liabilities, has not yet been verified as the
Savings Bank Accounts for 1957'and have not yet been examined. A separate
report on the examination of these accounts will be made to the Government.

QUERIES.

UNSETTLED QUERIES.
79. 115 queries remain unsettled at the date of this report. The following
is an analysis according to departments:
1956 and
Department Previous 1957
Years
Customs .. 4 6
Education 1 -
Judicial .. 4 1
Inland Revenue .. 1 -
Local Authorities .. 4 1
Medical 9 -
Post Office .. 16 2
Public Works .. 3 2
Treasury .. 19 42

61 54


NUMBER ISSUED.
80. 130 queries were issued on the 1957 accounts.

REPLIES TO QUERIES.
81. The importance of prompt replies to Audit Queries as a safeguard
against irregularity has been emphasised in previous Audit Reports. The
position has improved in respect of queries on the 1957 accounts, but difficulty
continues to be experienced in obtaining replies to outstanding queries on the
accounts for 1954, 1955 and 1956.

OUTSTANDING QUESTIONS OF IMPORTANCE.
82. The following matters remain outstanding from previous Audit
Reports:















U Report:
(i). Approval of Legislative Council and Secretary of State for Supple-
mentary Schedules of Additional Provision.
(ii) Approval of Secretary of State for excess expenditure within the
Governor's limit.
(iii) Detailed Statements of Revenue and Expenditure.

1 Report:
(iv) Approval of Secretary of State for excess expenditure within the
Governor's limit.

2 Report:
(v) Approval of Secretary of State for supplementary expenditure in
excess of the 10% limit permitted by C.O. Print Misc. 460B on the
following heads:
Heads 1, 11, 16, 17, 25, 26 and 28.
(vi) Approval of Governor-in-Council for variation of Schedule of Loan
Ordinance No. 6 of 1948.
(vii) Adjustment of the two misallocations to Loan Expenditure referred
to in paragraph 76.

3 Report:
,viii) Approval of Legislative Council and Secretary of State for Special
Warrants Nos. 75 and 139 not included in any Schedule of Addi-
tional Provision.
(ix) Approval of Legislative Council and Secretary of State for the fol-
lowing excess expenditure not included in any Schedule of Addi-
tional Provision:
Head 6B Item 17 .. $6,000.00
Head 8 Scheme D. 1309 .. 57.64
(x) Approval of Secretary of State for supplementary expenditure in
excess of the $9,600 limit permitted by C.O. Print Misc. 460C on the
following heads:
Heads 3, 9, 16 and 17.


i Report:
(xi) Approval of Legislative Council and Seci-etary of State for amounts
sho'.vn in the Detailed Statement of Expenditure under the column
"Not provided for."
(xii) Approval of Legislative Council and Secretary of State for the fol-
lowing excess expenditure included in Special Warrants but not
included in any Schedule of Additional Provision:
Head Item $
3 29 149.86
14 4 8.51
16 11 474.48
16 17 5,500.00
16 47 1,071.15
26 29 6,000.00
'xiii) Approval of Secretary of State for Supplementary expenditure in
excess of the $9,600 limit permitted by C.O. Print Misc. 460C on
the following head:
Head 16 (part), 25.
(xiv) Approval of Secretary of State to operate a Suspense Account.
(Paragraph 34).
(xv) Adjustment of amount spent on building Revenue Officer's quarters
erroneously charged to Deferred Maintenance. (Paragraphs 38
to 40).




























1955 Report:
(xvi) Approval of Secretary of State for supplementary expenditure in
excess of the `39,600 limit permitted by C.O. Print Misc. 460C with
the exception of an amount of $500 under Head 16. (Appendix 3,
Item (A) (4) (iii)). .
(xvii) Authority of the Secretary of State for purchase of Thompson Home
for $1,951.69 from the Deferred Maintenance Head.

1956 Report:
(xviii) Approval of the Legislature and Secretary of State for all Schedules
of Additional Provision.

83. With the exception of those mentioned specifically in this report, all
matters outstanding from previous reports have been satisfactorily settled.

84. Apart from matters referred to in this report, there are no outstand-
ing questions affecting the accuracy of the Annual Abstract Account or of the
Statement of Assets and Liabilities, or which are important but do not affect
the accuracy of the accounts.
LAYING OF REPORTS BEFORE LEGISLATURE.
85. The report of the Principal Auditor on the Audit of the 1956 accounts
was laid before Legislative Council on 3rd April, 1958.

86. The reports of the Director General of the Overseas Audit Service
on the 1954 and 1955 accounts were laid before Legislative Council on 2nd
October, 1958. His report, on the 1956 accounts has not yet been laid.

T. BYRNE,
Principal Auditor,
Windward Islands.

Audit Department,
St. Vincent.
26th November. 1958.















APPENDIX 1.

STATEMENT OF ERRORS IN CLASSIFICATION BROUGHT TO THE
NOTICE OF THE ACCOUNTANT GENERAL BUT NOT
ADJUSTED IN THE ACCOUNTS FOR 1957.

A. MISALLOCATIONS OF $240 OR MORE AFFECTING THE ACCU-
RACY OF THE ANNUAL ABSTRACT ACCOUNT OR 'tHE
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.


Incorrect Allocation


Debit or
Credit


Amount


Correct Allocation


(i) Admitted by the Accountant General.


1. R.3-ExcISE DUTIES
Item 2-Excise duty on
sugar
2-8. R.6-TAXES
Item 2-Income Tax
(seven misallocations)
9. R.8-OTHER FEES
Item 29a-Sale of
Ambulance
10. R.S-OTHER FEES
Item 29b-Sale of Post
Office Van
11. R.8-OTHER FEES
item 58-Supply Con-
trol Reimbursement
12. E.3-ADMINISTRATION
Item 29-Running of
Printing Office
13. E.5-AUDIT
Personal Emoluments
14. E.13-LANDS AND
SURVEYS
Personal Emoluments
15. E.13-LANDS AND
SURVEYS
Personal Emoluments
16. E.14A-LOANS AND
ADVANCES
Item 5-Loans to Stu-
dents
17. E.16-MISCELLANEOUS
Item 18-Passages of
Officers
18. E.16-MISCELLANEOUS
Item 18-Passages of
Officers
19. E.16-MISCELLANEOUS
Item 20-Refunds of
Revenue
20. E.24-PUBLIC WORKS
DEPARTMENT
Personal Emoluments
21. E.25-PUBLIC WORKS
RECURRENT
Item 7-Roads: Main-
tenance and Repair


Cr. $ 291.52 E.16-MISCELLANEOUS
Item 20-Refunds of
Revenue
E.10-INLAND REVENUE
Dr. 2,925.69 Item 9-Refunds and Re-
liefs of Income Tax
R.11A-SALE OF GOVERN-
Cr. 357.80 MENT PROPERTY

R.11A-SALE OF GOVERN-
Cr. 450.00 MENT PROPERTY


464.25 E.32--SALARIES INCREASE


R.8.-OTHER FEES
Cr. 480.00 Item 33-Sundry Reim-
bursements


Cr.


Dr.


309.68 E.32--SALARIES INCREASE
E.24-PUBLIC WORKS
DEPARTMENT
390.00 Personal Emoluments


Cr. 1,056.00 E.32-SALARIES INCREASE


517.28 E.9-EDUCATION
Item 35-Scholarships
E.4-AGRICULTURE
840.05 Item 47-Caribbean Trade
Exhibition
E.33-COLONIAL DEVELOP-
555.36 MENT AND WELFARE
Scheme D. 2882
R.8-OTHER FEES
603.00 Item 33-Sundry Reim-
bursements
E.13--LANDS AND SURVEYS
560.00 Personal Emoluments

E.33-COLONIAL DEVELOP-
MENT AND WELFARE
376.66 Scheme D. 2953-Road
Reconstruction




















(i) Admitted by the Accountant General-(Contd.).


Incorrect Allocation


Debit or
Credit


Amount


Correct Allocation


22. C(uoWN AGENTS JOINT
CONSOLIDATED FUND
23. DEPOSIT ACCOUNT: DE-
FERRED MAINTENANCE
24. DEPOSIT ACCOUNT :
CAMDEN PARK

25. DEPosITrr ACCOUNT :
COTTON PEST

26. DEPOSIT ACCOUNT: CO-
COA DEVELOPMENT
SCHEME


$ C.
Cr. 28,800.00


CROWN AGENTS CURRENT
ACCOUNT


Cr. 22,362.80 R.12A-GRANT-iN-AID
(a) Administration
Cr. 32,727.46 R.13-COLONIAL DEVELOP-
MENT AND WELFARE
Scheme D. 2847
Cr. 869.58 R.13-COLONIAL DEVELOP-
MENT AND WELFARE
Scheme D. 2071 & A.
Cr. 10,383.98 R.13-COLONIAL DEVELOP-
MENT AND WELFARE
Scheme D. 2927


(ii) Not yet admitted by the Accouniant General.
NIL.


B. MISALLOCATIONS OF $240 OR MORE NOT AFFECTING THE
ACCURACY OF THE ANNUAL ABSTRACT ACCOUNT OR THE
STATEMENT OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES.


Incorrect Allocation


Debit or
Credit


Amount


Correct Allocation


(i) Admitted by the Accountant General.


27. R.5.-LICENCES
Item 4-General
28. E.21-PmsONs
Item 17-Dietary

29. E.31-TREASURY
Personal Emoluments
30. E.33-COLONIAL DE-
VELOPMENT AND
WELFARE
Scheme D. 1108 (374)


R.5-LICENCES
Cr. $ 240.00 Item 8-Stills
E.21-PRISONS
Dr. 616.00 Item 19-Materials for
Prison Industries
E.31-TREASURY
Dr. 686.01 Item 6-Office Equipment
E.33-COLONIAL DEVELOP-
MENT AND WELFARE
Dr. 350.00 Scheme D. 2658 (84)


(ii) Not yet admitted by the Accountant General.

NIL.


Note: Six misallocations within the subheads of individual Colonial Develop-
ment and Welfare Schemes, each of $240 or more, and 219 other
misallocations, each of less than $240, were brought to the notice of the
Accountant General. The aggregate amount involved was $14,730.86.











APPENDIX 2.
STATEMENT OF ARREARS OF REVENUE AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 1957.


Head of
Revenue


1

3


Item


Description


Import Duties

Excise Duty on Sugar


5 Licences

6 2 Income Tax

3 Land and House Tax

8 1 Private Work, etc. Printery
2 Sale of Gazette, etc.
4 Contribution for services to Land
Settlement and Development Board
14 Grammar School Receipts
16 Kingstown Preparatory School Re-
ceipts
18 Evening Class Receipts
...21. Fines and Forfeitures of Court
25 Hospital Fees
28 Sale of Manure
33.. Sundry Reimbursements, Court
Costs
43 Prison Industries


38,545.77 9,238.83 63,475.31 111,259.91


Since
written off
or collected


Remarks


Date of
Return
22. 5.58


Previous
to 1956


- $
742.67


223.14

19,849.30

261.38

10.61
13.50





6,783.27
9,415.30

1,246.60


1956


$
781.87


2.40

3,839.38

661.92








846.77
2,864.55

241.94


1957


$

1,590.94

24.50

35,669.48

8,881.12

800.50
21.76

5,000.00
317.76

10.00
69.00
4,192.97
3,448.34
94.00

846.46
2,508.48


Total


$
1,524.54

1,590.94

250.04

59,358.16

9,804.42

811.11
35.26

5,000.00
317.76

10.00
69.00
11,823.01
15,728.19
94.00

2,335.00
2,508.48


$
416.80

1,590.94

2.50

22,100.57

3,235.08

256.83






3,172.54
1,361.91
28.00

569.23
2,508.48


15.

28.
& 1.
31.

21.
21.

30.
29.

29.
29.
15.
1.
1.

15.
21.


5.58

1.57
7.57
3.58

5.58
5.58

6.58
8.58

8.58
8.58
5.58
9.58
9.58

5.58
5.58


Carried forward ..


35,242.88















STATEMENT OF ARREARS OF REVENUE AS AT 31ST DECEMBER, 1957.-(Contd.)


Item


Description


Previous
to 1956


Brought forward ..

Receipts, Machine Shop
Water Service, Private


10 4 Rental, Private Telephones


$
38,545.77


45.96

2.88


1956


$
9,238.83


40.00
9.89

2.88


1957


Total


$ $
63,475.31 111,259.91


245.19


40.00
301.04


5.76


Since
written off
or collected

$
35,242.88


Remarks

Date of
Return


- 21. 5.58
162.27 27. 1.58
& 14. 7.58
21. 5.58


Agricultural Credit Societies
Repayment of Loans to Students ..
Loans to Fishermen

Leases and Sales of Crown Land* ..
.Sub-leases of W. Jackson's Land ..


- Electricity Charges


$39,200.37 $13,044.76 $159,871.85


SExcluding Sales at Union Island.


Head of
Revenue


8 51
56


11B -3
4
6

12 1
2


2,545.01
841.08

367.07


184.34

421.42


93,992.10

1,008.76

1,050.99
99.50


93,992.10
2,545.01
1,849.84

1,602.40
99.50


58,384.67
180.00
30.00


I-.


421.42


30. 6.58
30. 6.58
30. 6.58

20. 5.58

27. 1.58
& 14. 7.58


$212,116.98


$93,999.82















APPENDIX 3.

STATEMENT OF AUTHORITIES FOR EXPENDITURE.

(A) COLONY EXPENDITURE.

1. ESTIMATES.
(i) Approved by Legislative Council on 19th March, 1957.
(ii) Approved by the Secretary of State in his despatch No. 29 of 8th
May, 1957.

2. APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE.
(i) Enacted as Ordinance No. 10 of 1957.
(ii) Notice of non-disallowance contained in the Secretary of State's des-
patch No. 410 of 28th May, 1957.

3. GENERAL WARRANT.
Not seen.

4. EXCESS EXPENDITURE.
(i) Special Warrants. Excesses totalling $600,557.45 on 205 subheads of
expenditure (excluding a net excess of $23,772.33 on the Public Works Depart-
ment Unallocated Stores Votes) and an excess of $26,098.66 on the gross pro-
vision for Public Works Department Unallocated Stores expenditure have not
been included in Special Warrants.

(ii) Schedules of Additional Provision. None has yet been submitted to
Legislative Council or the Secretary of State.

(iii) Colonial Office Print Misc. No. 460C Revised.
(a) The approval of the Secretary of State for supplementary expen-
diture in excess of the limit on a head of $9,600 permitted by
Colonial Office Print Miscellaneous No. 460C has not been seen
for the following expenditure:
Head 16 .. $65,689.34
17 .. 28,525.83
(b) The approval of the Governor for supplementary expenditure in
excess of the limit on a head of $2,400 delegated to the Adminis-
trator, has not been seen for the following expenditure:
Head 3 .. $ 7,200.00
10 .. 4,387.05
16 .. 303.58
17 .. 7,200.00
22 .. 1,874.93
28 .. 72023.60
(c) The approval of the Governor for expenditure incurred on new
sub-heads introduced during the year, in excess of the limit on
a head of $2,400 delegated to the Administrator, has not been seen
for the following expenditure:
Head 14A .. $ 7,993.55
16 .. 731.23
22 .. 1,172.70

5. SUPPLEMENTARY APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE.
Not yet enacted.

(B) 1. LOAN EXPENDITURE.
There was no loan expenditure.










16
2. EXPENDITURE MADE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE RAISING OF
A LOAN.


Description


Leeward Land
Settlement,
Cocoa Scheme


Amount
Ap-
proved


Expendi-
ture in
1957


$81,600 $12,600


Total Ez-
penditure 8. of 8. Authority
at
31.12.57
$66,600 Savingrams
No. 98 of 27. 8.53
No. 426 of 7. 9.54
No. 110 of 14. 2.57


(C) EXPENDITURE FROM RENEWALS FUNDS.
There was no expenditure from Renewals Funds.


Loan Or-
dinance

No. 9 of
1954











APPENDIX 4.

STATEMENT OF LOSSES DUE TO THEFT, FRAUD OR NEGLIGENCE
BROUGHT TO THE NOTICE OF THE AUDIT DEPARTMENT SINCE
THE DATE OF THE 1956 AUDIT REPORT.


Gross Amount
Department and Particulars of Loss Amount Recovered
Involved


Authority for
Write-off


A. REQUIRED BY REGULATION TO BE REFERRED TO THE
SECRETARY OF STATE.
PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT


1. Stores received short


.. $578.48


Nil Not yet recovered or
written off.


B. NOT REQUIRED BY REGULATION TO BE REFERRED TO THE
SECRETARY OF STATE.
TREASURY


2. Amount paid to unknown person $ 45.60
in error


PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT
3. Misappropriation of wages
4. Misappropriation of wages


Nil Executive Council.


.. $104.61 104.61


.. $ 12.00


Nil Administrator.


PRESENT POSITION OF LOSSES PENDING FROM 1956 AUDIT
REPORT.
TREASURY


1. Amount paid to unknown person $929.67
in error


Nil Secretary of State.








HANSARD.

PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES IN THE FIRST SESSION (1957-58) OF
THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, COLONY OF ST. VINCENT,
BRITISH WEST INDIES.


Thursday, 6th February, 1958.


The Honourable Legislative Council met at 10 o'clock this morning.

CMR. PRESIDENT in the chair]

His Honour A. F. GI NS, Administrator,

PRESENT:

The Honourable N. A. BERRIDGE, Acting Crown Attorney,
B. R. THOMAS, Financial Secretary,
E. A. C. HUGHES, First Nominated Member,
A. C. CYRUS, Second Nominated Member,
. A. B. DOSSANTOS, Third Nominated Member,


E. T. JOSHUA, Minister for Trade and Production,
E. S. CAMPBELL, Minister for Communications and Works,
H. A. HAYNES, Minister for Social Services,


,, H. F. YOUNG, Member for South Leeward,
,, C. L. TANNIS, Member for the Grenadines,
,, S. E. SLATER, Member for North Leeward,
L. C. LATHAM, Member for South Windward,
Mrs. I. I. JOSHUA, Member for North Windward.


PRAYERS

The President opened the meeting
with the reading of prayers of Council.

MINUTES

The Minutes of the Meeting held on
the 9th January, 1958, copies of which
were circulated, were taken as read and
were confirmed.
NOTICE OF MOTION
Mr. PRESIDENT: Honourable Mem-
bers I have to call for notices of motions.


HON. S. E. SLATER: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I give notice of
this motion standing in my name:
WHEREAS the population of Rose Hall
has so increased, out numbering the
population of Troumaca,
AND WHEREAS the distance from Rose
Hall to Troumaca is about three miles
which makes it difficult when the
sick must seek medical care, especially
with very young infants,
BE IT RESOLVED that Government
build a clinic at Rose Hall where the
Doctor may hold his surgery thereby
alleviating the hardships now existing.


5th Sitting








HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President,
Honourable Members:
WHERES there is a dire need for in-
creased secondary education in St.
Vincent, and
WHERuEA the existing Secondary
Schools cannot provide the space for
children desirous of pursuing a sec-
ondary course, and
WHEREAS every year large numbers
of children who pass the entrance
examination to the two local Second-
ary Schools cannot gain admittance
owing to lack of accommodation,
BE IT RESOLVED that provision be
made immediately for another sec-
ondary school in this island, and
Bic IT FurifER RESOLVED that in
order to save expense and at the same
time provide for both boys and -girls,
that consideration be given to making
the school co-educational.

NOTICE OF QUESTIONS

Mr. PRESIDENT: Are there any notice
of questions?

HON. C. L. TANNIS: Mr. President
Honourable Members, I beg to give
notice of the following questions:
Will the Minister of Education and
Social Services please state:
1. (a) Whether it is a fact that
the Teachers Executive
were given a chance to
make suggestions with re-
gard to the transfer of
teachers and the conver-
sions of the scales of teach-
ers.
(b) Will the Minister present
a list of the monthly pay
of Grade I and Grade II
Headteachers and Special-
ist Teachers in the old scale
and the monthly pay in
the present scale.
(c) Will Government state why
Miss Wilson and Mr. Find-
lay were not left to con-
tinue their work at the


Preparatory School and the
Woodwork Centre respec-
tively.
(d) Will Government state why
no favourable considera-
tion was given to Head-
teacher Robertson's case
which was put forward by
the Teachers Executive.
2. Will Government state whether
the Headteachers Quarters
at Bequia will be built this
year from C.D. & W. funds
as was recommended by
the Secretary of State when
the item was deleted from
last year's Budget.
3. (a) Will the Minister for Com-
munications and Works
make arrangements for all
ships over 25 tons nat, reg-
istered in this Colony be
operated under Articles.
(b) Will the Minister make it
compulsory for all the said
ships to issue discharge
papers to the seamen for
service over a period of six
months.
(c) Will Government award a
certain nuinber of schol-
arships for seamen to at-
tend the Training School
at British Guiana.
4. (a) Will the Minister for Com-
munications and Works
state whether the Govern-
ment has any intention to
replace the daily mail car-
rier to Bequia by an Auxil-
iary Boat. If the answer
is in the affirmative
(b) Will Government state
what is the maximum sub-
sidy that they will be will-
ing to consider so that a
boat suitable for the type
of subsidy could be pro-
vided by the present con-
tractor or by any interested
person.









HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President,
Honourable Members:
1. Will the Minister for Social Ser-
vices please state whether the
Minister for Communications-
and Works on his recent visit
to England approach the Sec-
retary of State for the Colonies
with a view of making the
Kingstown Woodwork Centre a
Grade I School so that the Ser-
vices of the Specialist Teacher
might be retained? If the an-
swer is in the affirmative, did
the Secretary of State grant his
approval? If the answer to this
is also in the affirmative, why
has not the Specialist Teacher
yet been transferred back to
the Kingstown Woodwork Cen-
tre ?
2. How many teachers of all ranks
have been transferred since the
last School term of 1957.

Mr. PRESIDENT: Honourable Members
I am sure it is understood that by mark-
ing questions (a) (b) and (c) of vary-
ing type all under one heading, Hon-
ourable Members do not get around the
rules.
ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mr. PRESIDENT: Honourable Members
I have two announcements to make:
I consider it correct to put on record in
this House that His Excellencyi Lord
Hailes the first Governor-General of the
West Indies Federation paid his first
visit to St. Vincent, landing here on the
4th of February, and leaving here last
night. His Excellency the Governor
left for Grenada this morning.
The Budget Session of this House will
be on Monday 10th February.
Later in the proceeding this morning
the Honourable Crown Attorney will lay
on the Table the Federal Elections Modi-
fications Regulations, and I know the
House will be interested in the situa-


tion as regards the Federal Elections,
but I think some clarification now from
me as President is necessary. The House
will remember that regulations of this
kind were placed on the Table previous-
ly. These were regulations 'made by
the Governor-in-Council, but not yet
signed by His Excellency the Governor.
Under the Federal Law, I am not in a
position to sign such regulations as have
been passed by the Governor-in-Council,
if they deal with Federal matters; they
must go to the Governor himself. These
regulations were result of the discussion
with the Federal Attorney General and
with the Attorney General but when
they went to His Excellency's office fur-
ther modifications to them were sug-
gested, and they had to come back to
be discussed by Executive Council, and
then go back to Grenada for final sig-
nature. So that is the position, and
that is the history of the regulations
that have been laid today. Now it was
the intention of this Government that
full opportunity should be given for the
Election List to be brought up to date
before the Federal Elections, but we are
not our own masters in this matter:
The Federal Government makes decision
as to the date of Federal Elections, Fed-
eral Government in embroyo makes de-
cision as to Nomination Day, and the
regulations for Federal Elections that
we have passed have had to be made
in full consultation with the Federal
Attorney General as past of the embryo
of the Federal Government in order
that these regulations should be similar
in all islands.
And it is quite clear that the intention
of the Federal Regulations was that
there should not be given time this year
for the revision of the lists because they
are so afraid that it is impossible to
tarry out the full procedure of revising
the lists before the Nomination Day
which has been selected by the Feder-
al Government. We have considered
this problem deeply and given it very
earnest consideration because it vas









the wish of the St. Vincent Government
to have these lists revised before the
Federal Elections; but after full con-
sideration of it, in consultation with the
Attorney General of the Windward Is-
lands, we have seen that it is impossible
to do so; and if we did attempt here
to rush through legislation in this House,
and also to make further regulations
by the Executive Council it might lead
to a great deal of confusion and possi-
bly to Election Petition, and to the whole
Election of St. Vincent been invalidated
before the Federal Court. Therefore
the Federal Election when it takes
place, will take place on the lists on
which the General Elections in Septem-
ber last year took place. Meanwhile
Honourable Members will have observed
that the elections lists are being revised;
.that is in accordance with the St. Vin-
cent Electoral Law which has recently
been amended, and which laid down
that this revision must take place every
year, and that is going forward. That
means that the lists will be brought up
to date, but they will not be brought up
to date for the Federal Elections. That
is the position. It is not entirely the
wish of the St. Vincent Government,
but our hands are tied as we are part
of the Federation and we have to follow
what has been decided at a Federal
level.
PETITIONS.

Mr. PRESIDENT: There are no petitions,
I call on the Honourable Acting Crown
Attorney to lay Papers.

PAPERS.

HON. CROWN ATTORNEY: Mr. Presi-
dent, Honourable Members, I have the
honour to lay on the Table:
Council Paper No. 3 of 1958: The
Federal Elections (Modification of
Local Laws) Regulations, 1957.
Council Paper No. 4 of 1958: The
Minutes of Finance Committee
Meeting of 23rd July, 1957.


Council Paper No. 5 of 1958: The
Legislative Council (Elections)
(Amendment) Rules.

MOTIONS.

Mr. PRESIDENT: I call upon the Hon-
ourable Minister for Social Services to
move the motion standing in his name.
HON. H. A. HAYNES: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I beg to move:
(1) That this Council approve the
St. Vincent Grammar School
(Am end.ment) Regulations
1958.

HON. L. C. LATHAVI: I beg to second
that motion.

Mr. PRESIDENT: There is a motion
before the House, it is the first motion
standing in the name of the Minister
of Social Services. There appeals to
be no opposition. Is that motion ap-
proved?
All agreed.

Mr. PRESIDENT: I call on the Honour-
able Minister to move the second motion
standing in his name.

HoN. H. A. HAYNES: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I beg to move:
(2) That this Council approve the
St. Vincent Girls' High School
(Amendment) Regulations,
1958.
HON. L. C. LATHAM: I beg to second
that.
Mr. PRESIDENT: There is a motion be-
fore the .House, the second motion
standing in the name of the Honourable
Minister for Social Services. Is that
motion approved.
All agreed.
BILLS

Mr. PRESIDENT: Honourable Members,
before I call on the Honourable Fin-









ancial Secretary to move the First Read-
ing of the Supplementary Appropriation
(1955) Bill, I think that as President, I
should give the House an explanation
of the circumstances leading to the in-
troduction of this bill, because it is mat-
ter of Parliamentary procedure. This
Bill came before the House in the nor-
mal way, was given its various readings
and was passed. Unfortunately there
was a variation of "six cents" between
the words written of the total in the
clause and the numerical indication of
the total given in the Schedule. It was
only "six cents" in the sum total of mill-
ions, but it was, and the error was not
noticed. The Bill in due course went to
His Excellency the Governor who ap-
proved it with the error still in it. The
Bill was returned here and was pub-
lished as having been approved by His
Excellency the Governor and passed by
this House. Someone, using their in-
itiative, altered the figures in order that
they correspond exactly with the words,
and the error of six cents was adjusted.
The result however is, that the Bill
which has been published as passed by
this House and approved by His Excel-
lency, is not the Bill which this House
passed, and is not the Bill which His
Excellency approved; and therefore we
have to go through the whole procedure
of repealing that Bill and coming back
to the House, and asking it to pass a
substitute Bill.
FIRST READING.

The following Bill was introduced and
read a First time:
The Supplementary Appropziation
(1955) Bill.

SECOND READING.

HON. H. A. HAYNES: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I have the honour
to move that a Bill further to amend
the Local 'Government Ordinance, 1951
be read a second time.


HON. E. S. CGAMPBELL: I beg to second
that.
Question put all agreed.
Council moved into Committee.
Council resumed.
Bill reported as having passed the
Committee stage without amend-
ment, and report adopted.
Bill read a third time by title and
passed.

HON. CROWN ATTORNEY: Mr. Presi-
dent, Honourable Members, I have the
honour to move that a Bill for an Ordin-
ance to amend the Firearms Ordin-
ance, 1956 be read a second time.

HON. FINANCIAL SECRETARY: I second
the motion.
Question put all agreed.
Council moved into Committee.
,Council. resumed.
Bill reported as having passed the
Committee stage without amend-
ment, and report adopted.
Bill read a third time by title and
passed.

HON. FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Mr. Presi-
dent, Honourable Members, I have the
honour to move that a Bill further to
amend the Customs Ordinance Cap. 183
be read a second time.

HON. CROWN ATTORNEY: I second the
motion.
Question put all agreed.
Council moved into Committee.
Council resumed.
Bill reported as having passed the
Committee stage with slight
amendment, and report adopted.
Bill read a third time by title and
passed.

HON. FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Mr. Presi-
dent, Honourable Members, I have the
honour to move that a Bill further to
amend the Customs Duties Ordinance,
Cap. 184 be read a Second time.










HON. CROWN ATTORNEY: I second the
motion.
Question put, all agreed.
Council moved into Committee.
Council resumed.
Bill reported as having passed the
Committee stage with slight
amendment, and report adopted.
Bill read a third time by title and
passed.

HON. E. T. JOSHUA: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I beg to move
that a Bill for an Ordinance further to
amend the Banana Growers Association
Ordinance, 1954 be read a second time.
HON. L. C. LATHAM: I beg to second
the motion.
Question put, all agreed.
Mr. PRESIDENT: Is there any debate
on the Bill?
HON. E. T. JOSHUA: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, As you have seen
circulated an amendment to the p.o-
posed bill for the Banana Growers As-
sociation Ordinance, and I will take the
opportunity when the Council has been
resolved into Committee to explain. It
has been discovered that in the export-
ing of plants, the Association should
have full control as far as possible. You
notice there that apart from saying that
the Association should control these
plants, there is certain limitation of ex-
porting of plants by individuals. Of
course the Banana Growers Association
........ (inaudible)
HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I want to get it
quite clear what brought this thing
about. A Bill for an Ordinance to
amend the Banana Growers Association
Ordinance was brought before this
House which caused very much debate.
The Minister has now brought another
piece of amendment allowing licence to
export bananas plants. It is true that
there are growers all over the islands


who might have plants, and in controll-
ing tne export of the sale of banana
plants would mean that the accounts
will then go to the respective grower.
Apart from that we have the St. Vincent
Arrowroot Association the sole exporter
of arrowroot, even in that way arrowroot
must be given a licence, and there is
an ordinance set aside for the Associa-
tion to use. The Minister, in all fair-
ness to him, in setting up this ordinance
actually included himself-not himself
bu; his office, which I have no objec-
tion, because I think he should be there;
buc to allow everybody a chance to ex-
port plants it is a question where the
Association will be having half of the
concern. If the Association, or if Mr.
"X" made a contract with any person
in Trinidad and it seems to be bigger
and he gets the business, by all means
the Association should have some con-
trol of these plants going out of the
island. And it seems to me now that
when you bring this piece of amendment
some other concern has just struck you.
Le, us amend this so that some big
banana grower might profit. Mr. Presi-
dent I have never seen anything, be-
cause all associations are Statutory
bodies, they work under one common
law. I believe that all export of banana
plants and whatsoever the banana
yields should go into the Banana Asso-
ciation; because the Association may
not always afford. That is the whole
Association and it is a democratic or-
ganisation whereby we are able to vote,
and we vote for officers who will be able
to see about the interest of our people,
and I don't see an amendment like this
trying to exclude us of our own rights.
By all means if the Association gets
big business, the Association can get in
touch with Mr. "X", Mr. Latham or any
one else, and get plants from them if
the Association be its own skipper; and
whoever is on the board then will see
to it that the grower gets his pound of
flesh, and see that the Association do









not speculate on him. The Association
I know has gone into that, I know what
I am saying now, and if they allow
licence to export plants several indi-
vidual would want to speculate on the
trade even go as far as buying for ten
cents per head and selling for twenty-
two cents. That is going on. Why if
the Association should bring in such a
thing they will never be able to do any
trade. Mr. Minister I think that you
mean well, but I am warning you as to
what is going on, and be careful \ ith
this piece of Ordinance. We have men
on the Board and it is for them to say
that. it is for the Board to s-e tiat
wherever the bananas or plants are
to be shipped, that we get the profit of
the right to the profit, because the Asso-
ciation is not a speculative body, but a
corporative body to serve a common
purpose, and if you amend this to let
Mr. "X" who has a few dollars buy from
the majority of our people in the coun-
try who would like the ready cash, and
then send them abroad and make some-
thing else I am. sure you would not like
that, and that is the question that I
am raising. I thank you.

HON. E. A. C. HUGHES: Mr. President,
Sir, Honourable Members, it is a great
pity that our people just get up to speak
without understanding what they are
talking about. Is that point that the
Honourable Member is making the point
that the amendment does not give 1he
Association control? He mentioned "he
arrowroot Ordinance and that is the
Ordinance on which this amendment is
being based today that "no banana or
plant shall be exported from this Colony
except by the Banana Association or
under a licence from whom-not from
me or from the Minister or from the
Administrator, but from the Banana
Association. What more control can he
want than that . .
HON. H. F. YOUNG: On a point of
explanation, I did not explain if I missed


the gentleman's it is for the Honourable
Minister to explain because . .

Mr. PRESIDENT: The Honourable
gentleman has the floor.

HON. E. A. C. HUGHES: Mr. President
if the Honourable Gentleman had
listened to the Honourable speaker, the
Minister for Trade and Production who
referred to an amendment that had
been circulated and the words of the
amendment are set down in black and
white for all members to read. The
addition of the words "or by virtue of
a licence issued by the Association",
those are words in the amendment to
which the Honourable Minister for
Trade and Production referred. Why
anyone can see that but if you would
be careful and examine what comes be-
fore this House instead of drawing veil-
ed insinuations about having an amend-
ment merely for the Minister of Trade
ana Production to sit on the Banana
Board, then perhaps you will save a lot
of this unnecessary trade.

HON. A. C. CYRUS: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I quite understood
what the Honourable Member said, and
I quite understand what the Honourable
Member for South Leeward said. The
point I see that the Honourable Mem-
ber for South Leeward is making is that
if the Association issue licence to an in-
dividual and that individual can go and
buy banana plants from the small man
and make a profit. The Honourable
Member contends that if any profit is
to be made from the selling of banana
plants, the profit must be made by the
Association. As in the case of the ar-
rowroot, he said that the people at the
arrowroot pool handle all the concerns
of arrowroot. Whether it is so or not,
that is what I understand the speaker
to say, and therefore his main point
is to prevent individuals from making
speculation on the selling of banana
plants. Whether you agree with that










or not is a different story; but as far
as the argument goes that is how I
understand it.

HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President .
Mr. PRESIDENT: Are you raising a point
of order?

HON. H. F. YOUNG: Are you going to
allow me to speak again?
Mr. PRESIDENT: Certainly not, No.
Are you arising on a point of order?
What is the point of order?
HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President .
Let me think.
Mr. PRESIDENT: We will follow Par-
liamentary procedure, you will have
your chance when the Council is formed
into Committee.

HON. E. T. JOSHUA: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I beg to move that
the Council resolve itself into Committee
to consider the Bill clause by clause.

HON. L. C. LATHAM: I beg to second
that.
Question put and agreed.
Council resolved into Committee.
Council resumed.
Bill reported as having passed the
Committee stage with major
amendments.
Bill read a third time by title and
passed.

HON. CROWN ATTORNEY: Mr. Presi-
dent, Honourable Members, I have the
honour to move that this Council be
adjourned.
HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President
Honourable Members . .
HON. A. C. CYRUS: Mr. President the
motion has not been seconded.
Mr. PRESIDENT: I think the Honour-
able Member has just begun his pre-
amble. I was waiting to hear if he is


seconding the motion before I ask him
to sit down.

HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President I
second the motion.

ADJOURNMENT

HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President
Honourable Members, we recently just
paid respects to our first Governor-
General. We are grant-aided and with
all due respects to the present Govern-
ment I think we are going along the
same lines of developing our economy
especially with our feeder roads. I have
seen now with these eyes especially now
in the dry season, gangs upon gangs
cutting the banks of the road into some
15 feet or more of the Leeward Highway,
and our people still can't get their crops
out. I say, if you are going to spend
that money because our people need
work, spend so that we can stop a hole
or rut where some of our beast can't
even go. There is so much white wash.
Every two hundred yards you go there
are road gangs cutting in the banks
and this was even where the grass was
burning because of drought. As soon as
a shower of rain comes now, where the
grass has been cut away and there is
no contour to keep it up, their lands
will wash right inside the drain. Wont
it have been far better for the Gover-
nor-General to see the size of the road
with a little grass and the road stay
properly, because when the bank is cut
away and there is nothing to keep it
up the land will filter away, and all of
that to no benefit to the people of this
country. You are coming here with
budget in the next two weeks; you are
a beggar then, and just like a fool you
are throwing away money cutting away
banks. Gentlemen, I believe you mean
well, and I believe that this cutting
away of grass is waste of money spent,
because especially now in the drought,
the actual sun is burning the grass, and










if you want to see what I mean take
a drive down to South Leeward, and
you will see how far they have cut in
the grass and sweep it like you sweep
your yard.-for what? To what avail?
What are we going to get out of that?
I will like you and the Minister for Com-
munications and Works because you
know Sir, and you know what we need,
and you know what you have to make
this unit what you have been saying-
what the Honourable Minister for Trade
and Production said that the days are
coming fast, and quite right so too, that
we should be able to work hard and
stand on our legs, but if we are going
to use the little money that we have
just to beautify and throw it away, Well
God knows what time we are going to
come out of the red, and our sister colo-
nies are ahead of us. We haven't got
ten dollars to waste now, but thousands
of dollars were spent cutting the banks,
that is all we could do, and I don t be-
lieve that it should have been done.
The same thousands of dollars could
have gone into the Gardens, into Belle-
wood, into Park Hill, into South Rivers
to help with the banana crops, and then
we would have been doing something.

HON. C. L. TANNIS: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, now the people of
the Grenadines of course are dependent
on their fish. During the early part of
this year the French Government ceased
to give licence for obtaining fish from
the Grenadines. I have brought it to
the attention of the Minister and the
Financial Secretary, and I wonder if
they are in any position to inform me
whether the French Government have
any intention of releasing licence, or, are
we going to seek markets for our people
so, that they can sell their fish. Of
course we are not industrialized in the
Grenadines, our lands are very poor.
The drought has hit us very hard, we
make little or no corn, and our peas
crop is threatened in the sun, and in


some of the islands-although the Act-
ing Minister for Trade and Production
brilliantly informed me the last time
that we have a wonderful cotton crop-
I must say I do not know where he got
this information from. On the con-
trary, we have not been able to pro-
duced very much in this last season.
The people have to face a very dread-
ful situation-lack of water right on
our oacks, I shall soon have to be carry-
ing water.
With this fishery trade being at a
stand still, we are in a very serious posi-
tion, and I should be glad if the Minis-
ter for Trade and Production and Gov-
ernment as a whole will do everything
that lies in their power to assist by
finding a market in some other island
or send delegates to Martinique to see
the Prefet there and to find out more
about this matter of the licence.

HON. E. T. JOSHUA: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, the last meeting
of this House I was still away in Trini-
dad as a member of the Advisory Coun-
cil. Of course during that period of
time I attended two Conferences-one
in connection with the main Conference
of the Governor-General's Advisory
Council and the other was the Eleventh
Conference of the Oils and Fats. I shall
report to the House the results of these
Conferences this morning, but I shall
not do so now, I shall first reply to the
Honourable Member for South Leeward:
(1) where he said that in preparing for
the Governor-General we have wasted
money in cutting the banks of the road.
In preparing these cuttings, he has fail-
ed to see that labourers were employed,
labourers were employed in these cut-
tings when their crops were still not
ready for reaping. Give the labourers a
day work. Of course that same state-
ment made by Mr. Young when he
speaks of the poor labourers, it suits
his purpose. Federation now in the air
so summersault of all kinds will go on,









and it suits him to make statements like
"waste of money spent." It is not waste
of money spent . .
(The Honourable H. F. Young stands
and attempts to interrupt).
Mr. PRESiDn'rr: The Minister is not
giving way, you must resume your seat.
HON. E. T. JOSKUA (continuing): The
poor labourer is the one who gets the
waste of money for his services. And
I find it strange that the Opposition
Member should get up when in truth
and in fact it was for his labourers
whom, strange as it seems, the Minister
for Communications and Works had
gone out of his way to co-operate with
the Public Works Department to see
that the annual amount of money is
spent so that they can develop the road
so that the labourers who are not in
a position to live in the arrowroot or
cane areas, may get a day's work. The
question was well established here, the
Minister made an announcement over
W.I.B.S. and it was known to all. Gren-
ada did the same. It is well known that
for five months of the year the labourer
is in the peak of his daily earnings, and
after that is a matter of sitting aside.
This apparently waste of money men-
tioned by the Member for South Lee-
ward, he seems nervous, he seems not
to know what he wants for the poor
labourers. The poor labourers got a
day's work even if that work was in-
vented to give him a chance to earn
his living.
I shall now, Mr. President,. proceed to
speak about the mention made by the
Member for the Grenadines. His whole
turn . and I notice he was very quiet
as an Opposition Member this morning.
Of course he has seen the point in the
amendment so clearly that he did not
bother to get up. The question of
drought and its application to the Gren-
adines Water Supply is a very old one.
The question of the Governor-Gen-
eral's Advisory Council, I will say that


there was a very long agenda. I am
afraid that if a sub-committee was not
appointed to deal with Establishment
Findings matters the adjournment
would not have ended. The Advisory
thought that the sub-committee should
be appointed. So in the Governor
General's Advisory Council there was
a sub-council so to speak. We discussed
Legislation, Arrangement of Hansard,
Shipping Services, Establishment Mat-
ters, Federal Flag, a Federal Reference
Library, Seismographic Research, Gov-
ernor General's Guard, Expenses of
Legislators, Ministers Travelling-car
Pool, Appropriation Regulations and
other such things.
The Federal Flag: At long last the
pattern of the Federal Flag has been
adopted by the Council and the House
agreed to send it for Her Majesty's ap-
proval.
Now the shipping: This seemed to
have been the most pressing item that
the Council had to deal with. It is a
fact that a third ship might be neces-
sary. It was recommended by the ship-
ping sub-committee of the Standing
Federation Committee that there was
always the need for 3 ships.
The Federal Flag: I shall describe
the pattern of that flag to you: The
pattern now adopted is: A blue back
ground with four white wavy bars, the
top pair of bars being parallel and the
lower pair also paralleled. The flag to
have an orange sun in the centre. The
selected design ivas favoured by its pre-
sentation of the elements of sea and
sun appropriate to the West Indies. The
Member for St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla re-
corded his view that a design with stars
would be more appropriate. Now the
Council voted against having any stars
in the flag as there are many flags hav-
ing stars, the principal of which is the
United States flag and the flags of many
regions, and we fail to adopt a general
pattern.
On the whole various items were des-
patched with very little controversy.









The Legal side of it, that is to say Legis-
lation-The Federal Supreme Court,
Election Controversies, Exemption of
Offices of Profit for Federal Elections,
Interpretation Law-those four items
coming under one. Item 2 Legislation
-There were Mr. Manley, the Federal
Attorney General, the Registrar, and
Trinidad Attorney General; but Mr.
Manley outshone in that he had many
points. One of those points in the Ex-
emption of Offices of Profit for Federal
Elections and Election Controversy, the
time for presentation and serving of
notices was too short. The time was
five days and it is now extended to ten
days, because we are separate islands,
Jamaica sj therefore the
time appointed to serve was too short.
There were many other serious and
confidential matters which required
consideration . .
HoN. A. C. CYRus: Do you mean
notices of meetings?
HoN. E. T. JOSHUA: No, not merely
notices of meetings, but whenever
notices are required to be served in
connection with election petitions, the
time of five days was too short.
The Establishment matters were re-
ferned to a select Committee, and offi-
cei s like the Federal Chief Justice came
up for discussion as to whether he
should have a free car, or whether he
should have for instance a chauffeur
only to drive his own car.
The Sub-committee was composed of
a few elected members who were dele-
gates. There should always be a sense
of responsibility among the members
leaving their various homes and g6ing
on these conferences. The Financial
Secretaries' of the various islands met
together and formed part of the sub-
committee. Every unit that send dele-
gates to such conferences except these
delegates to sit there and see the in-
terest of the islands, whether in res-
pect of their own unit of the other.
None of the Elected Members named


came out, so I became the only one who
attended, and the Chairman of the
Sub-committee. There were sided at-
tractions around, but nevertheless we
stayed there until 1.30 a.m. and the
Committee's findings were presented
at noon the next day. Mr. Norman
Manley move that the report be
adopted. Mr. Williams tried to have it
amended, but failed, and so it was car-
ried. In discussing most of these items
on the agenda, some of the delegates
arose to speak just for the sake of
speaking, and finally wasted much time.
However we spent three hours and got
through most of it.
Well Mr. President, that is the posi-
tion, and probably you will realise that
I was kept on my toes since the Gov-
ernor General's arrival. The principal
thing now is that we have our flag.
The two observers could not come, but
I was briefed by Mr. Hughes. It is for-
tunate to say that Mr. Bradshaw, the
Member delegate for St. Kitts and the
Minister for Trade and Production, was
elected chairman.
The points discussed at the Oils and
Fats Conference were: (a) Review of
Area export prices for the .year com-
mencing 1st January, 1958; (b) Pro-
posed establishment of a British Carib-
bean Oils and Fats Corporation; (c)
Proposed establishment of Regional
Coconut Research Scheme; (d) Survey
of statistical information relating to
the Oils and Fats Industry; (e) De-
cision of the Government of Antigua
not to participate in the agreement; (f)
Formation of Regional Coconut Growers
Association. We had no other business.
Those were the main points discussed.
The price for coconuts was referred to
the respective growers.
The Proposed Establishment of a Brit-
ish Caribbean Oils and Fats Corpora-
tion: Of course the Conference con-
sidered that point, but while consider-
ing it, it was necessary to have a better
knowledge of the units as to whether









all should agree what form it would
take. It was therefore deferred.
A Regional Coconut Research was
necessary because in certain areas in
Jamaica there is need for coconut re-
search, as diseases which affect the
coconut is rampant there in Jamaica,
of course we haven't got it here but it
was decided that it would be unfair to
certain areas, without investigation, to
pay unfair share of whatever is to be
set up. Mr. Bradshaw abruptly ended
the discussion on this important point,
but the Member delegate for St. Vin-
cent rose to point out that discussions
should continue until all the views were
ascertained. This research should be set
up by the various units in the Oils and
Fats Corporation. Mr. Bradshaw wanted
to move a resolution resolving that such
a research should be set up. He sub-
sequently saw that the resolution pre-
pared was badly worded. Now the Res-
olution reads as follows:
That whereas the need for con:pre-
hensive research ,into coconut indus-
try has long been recognized and has
been urged by successive meetings of
the Oils and Fats Conference and
whereas the need for research has
also been recognized by the Advisory
Council on Agriculture, Animal Health
and Husbandry, Forestry and Fisher-
ies, be it resolved that the need for
a research centre dealing comprehen-
sively with the problems of the coco-
nut industry be brought to the notice
of the Federal and Territorial Gov-
ernments at the earliest opportunity
and in particular that this conference
(a) supports the decision of the Advi-
sory Council that the Director of
the Regional Research Centre
should implement a regional re-
search scheme fo' coconut breed-
ing and agronomic work and
urges upon the unit Governments
the need to provide the Director
with the information needed to


unable him to submit two
schemes for early approval;
(b) recommends that a technical sur-
vey should immediately be carried
out into the various diseases of
coconuts which are prevalent in
the area, so as to determine
whether research should be un-
dertaken into coconut diseases in
addition to the two research
schemes which are now in pro-
gress in Trinidad and Jamaica,
and that the services of a special-
ist should be obtained for the
purpose;
(c) recommends that the Federal
and Territorial Governments pro-
vide finance for the research
programmes and centre men-
tioned above in the following
manner:
The Conference noted that certain of
this oil under the agreement of the Oils
and Fats Corporation were ordinary
laundry soap. It is unfair for the units
to have an agreement between them-
selves and continue, to buy outside the
areas of the agreement; so it was agreed
to make an investigation. St. Vincent
has a small amount of oil, but in
Jamaica and Trinidad where there are
tons of this stuff, provided by the Oils
and Fats affairs they should not order
anything outside the area that can be
got or made under this association, but
the ordinary laundry soap it was dis-
covered that large amounts were got
in Barbados, Trinidad and Jamaica,
order there. It was notice that people
had a tendency to alienate.
Another point was Antigua: Antigua
finally agreed to remain within the Oils
and Fats agreement, and it would ap-
pear that they have no but they
bought things like oils and soap from
various islands; but the Government
of Antigua through the delegate agreed
that they should remain in the Oils and
Fats Conferences. The Eleventh Con-
ference of the Oils and Fats was very






















short-it lasted one day. The Confer-
ence did not take such a long time from
the fact that the main points of the
two conferences were quickly agreed
upon. However I believe that the extra
energy we had to expend was on the
relating to this Coconut
Research.

HON. B. R. THOMAS: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I think Honour-
able Members would like to have an
explanation of the position regarding
to the restriction imposed by the Gov-
ernment of Martinique on the importa-
tion of fish. The Honourable Member
for the Grenadines brought it to my
notice soon after the close of the last
meeting of this Council. I then got in
touch with the local Vice-Consul for
France and stated what had happened.
He was good enough to send a telegram
to the Consul-General in Trinidad, and
in a few days he brought me the copy


of a telegram which the Consul-General
had sent to the Governor of Martinique
asking for an explanation and making
representation on our behalf on the
decision which the Martinique Govern-
ment had imposed. We have not yet
had a reply, but immediately after the
close of this meeting of the Council I
will call on the local vice-Consul to hear
what he has to say.
I suspect that the reason is exchange
control. It happens every year and in
January the Government of Martinique
assess exactly how many dollars they
can afford to spend in these Caribbean
areas. You all know of the recent diffi-
culties facing France, and it takes the
Government of Martinique much longer
to decide how many dollars they can
afford to spend for this year; but I do
hope that they will get a reply in a few
days.

The House adjourned at 12.05 p.m.





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