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Publication Date: May 13, 1958
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VOL. 91.] SAINT VINC'ENT, TUESDAY, 13 MAY, 1958. [No. 26.


No. 244.
It is hereby notified that the Honour-
able Mr. Justice G. L. TAYLOR left the
Colony on 8th May, 1958, for the Dom-
inica Circuit of the Court.
During the month of June, Mr. Jus-
tice TAYLOR will proceed from that
Colony to St. Kitts and Antigua for
Court of Appeal duty.
13th May, 1958.
(A. 14/1951.)

-Miss L. ANDERSON, with effect from
1st April, 1958.
!Miss S. DAISLEY, with effect from 1st
April, 1958.
i Mr. V. ALEXANDER, with effect from
.1st May, 1958.
Mr. E. ALLEN, with effect from 1st
M: ay, 1958.
Mr. R. BOATSWAIN, with effect from
1st May, 1958.
Miss A. MITCHELL, with effect from
1st May, 1958.
13th May, 1958.

No. 247.

No. 245.


APPOINTMENTS. H Ilis Honour the Administrator has
been pleased to approve .the promotion
Ii:; Excellency the Governor of the of the following officers as Senior Clerks
Windward Islands has been pleased to in the General Clerical Service:
appoint, Mr. E.- -A. BlrATIWAITE, for-! Mr. B. A. ARTHUR, with effect from
merly' Principal Assistant Secretary, 1s.t April, 1958.
Dom.iuica,. to the post of Assistant Mr. M. MOGAIN, with effect from 1st
Administrator and Establishment Offi- May, 1958.
cer,, St. Vincent, with effect, from 2.th 13th May 1958
April, 1958. 3th May, 1958.

13th May, 1958.

No. 24S.

(P.F. 929.) i VACATION LEAVE. ,

No. 246 Mr. C. 0. A. CHARLES, Senior Assist-
His Io. ur the .Administrator has ant Master, Grammar School, ,has been
been, pleased to, approve. the appoint- granted 284 days' vacation leave with
ment of the following officers as Class effect from 5th May, 1958.
III Clerks in the General Clerical Ser- 13th May, 1958.
vice of the Colony: (P.F. 471.)


SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MAY, 1958.-(No. 26.)

No. 249.


The undermentioned personnel at
present constitute the Committee of
Official Visitors of the Leper Asylum
under the provisions of Rule 3 of the
Pauper and Leper Asylums Rules,
Reverend J. B. BROOMES, (Chairman),
Mrs. B. R. THOMAS,
The Nurse in charge, Leper Asylum,
13th May, 1958.
(M. 1/1941.)

No. 250.


With reference to Government Notice
of 15th April, 1958, Mr. EGBERT SAMUEL,
Head-Teacher of the Marriaqua Govern-
ment School, has been elected a member
of the Marriaqua Village Council to fill
the seat which became vacant due to
failure by Mr. AMos BACCHUS to attend
three consecutive meetings of the Vil-
lage Council.
13th May, 1958.

No. 251.

Under the Bank Holidays Ordinance,
Saturday, 24th May, 1958 (Empire
Day) and Monday, 26th May, 1958
(Whit Monday), being Bank Holidays,
all Public Offieed will be closed on those
13th May, 1958.

No. 252. ,


The following Documents are pub-
lished with this issue of the Gazette:-
The Merchant Shipping (Foreign
Deserterm) (Italian Republic) Or-
der, 1958, No. 143.
(R. 3/1954.)

S.R. & 0. No. 20.-The Kingstown
Board (Government and Control of
the Town), (Amendment) By-laws,
13th May, 1958.
(J. 6/59/1940.)

No, 253.

Copies of Minutes of the Meeting of
the Legislative Council held on the 3rd
April, 1958, which may be seen at Gov-
ernment Office, the Kingstown Library
and at all Revenue Offices, are pub-
lished with this issue of the Gazette.
13th May, 1958.

No. 254.


Two vacant posts (non-pensionable)
of Student Dispensers, Medical Depart-
Salary in the scale $528 x .$84-$696
plus 20% pay ,addition. Applications
with recent testimonials should be for-
warded not later than Friday 23rd May,
1958 to the Senior Medical Officer from
whom further information is obtainabl9.
13th May, 1958.

No. 241.

Appointment on probation for one
year with salary in scale $1,656 x $72-
$2,016 plus 20% pay addition. Apply
to the Administrator, Dominica, not
later than 15th May, 1958. Further
particulars available from local Secre-
6th May, 1958.

By Order,

Government Secretary.

13th May, 1958.




Notice is hereby given that in accord-
ance with Section 25 of the Local Gov-
ernment Ordinance, No. 17 of 1961, the
Clerk will be in attendance at the Bar-
rouallie Town Hall on Tuesday, 27th
May, 1958, from 10 a.m, to 2 p.m. to

SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MAY, 1958.-(No. 26.)

receive nominations to fill the seat of
an elected member of the Barrouallie
Town Board caused by the death of Mr.
E. A. JoACsItM.
Should a poll be required it will be
taken on Tuesday, 3rd June, 1958 from
9 a.m. to 12 noon and from 1 p.m. to
. :, p.m. at the Town Hall Barrouallie.

Clerk and RcEdrninUg O51 ,.

9th May, 1958.
(A. 8/1949.)




IN 1958.

It is estimated that there will be
about 40,000 rooted cacao cuttings
available to plant about 80-100 acres
in 1958.
2. Persons desirous of obtaining
rooted cacao cuttings from the cacao
stations, should apply on the forms pro-
vided for that purpose entitled:
"Application Form for Rooted
Cacao Cuttings Propagated for Dis-
tribution by the Cocoa Industry
Development Scheme of St. Vincent."
3. Application forms are obtainable
at the Head Office, Department of Agri-
culture, Kingstown, or from any of the
District Agricultural Officers.
4. Application forms should be for-
warded to the Superintendent of Agri-
culture, Department of Agriculture,
Kingstown, on or before 16th May, 1958.
5. Applications for Rooted Cacao
Cuttings received after the 16th May
will neither be acknowledged nor con-
6. Starting this year, charges will be
made for all Rooted Cacao Cuttings and
for the transportation of plants to a
point as near as possible to the site at
which they are to be planted. Appli-
cants will be notified of the cost of
plants as soon as this is confirmed by the

Secretary of State for the Colonies.
Estates will be expected to arrange
their own transport.
7. N.B. The conditions under which
rooted cacao cuttings will be issued are
as follows: -
(i) The area selected by an appli-
cant will be inspected by an authorised
officer, as soon as possible after the re-
ceipt of the application for the purpose
of determining the suitability of the site
in regard to altitude, soil type, wind
protection and other ecological and en-
vironmental conditions. The applicant
will then be notified whether or not the
area is approved for planting cocoa.
(ii) If for stated good reasons the
area is declared to be unsuitable fr
planting cacao clones, no allocation of
plants will be made to the applicant.
(iii) If the area is declared suit-
able, an authorised officer will inform
the applicant what minimum action is
required of him by the Department of
Agriculture in regard to provision of
overhead shade, ground shade wind-
breaks, soil conservation measures, soil
preparation etc. The Agricultural De-
partment will render all necessary ad-
vice and guidance in this connection.
(iv) The minimum area for which
plants will be issued will be that which
will contain fifty (50) rooted cuttings
planted at a spacing of 12 ft. x 12 ft. in
a single block, the equivalent of one-
eighth or one-sixth (1/6) of an acre.
(v) The area to be planted will be-
re-inspected by an anthorised officer im-
mediately before the proposed date of
delivery of the plants in order to ascer-
tain whether all conditions have been
satisfactorily fulfilled, and whether the
area is in suitable state of preparation
for planting.
(vi) Authorised officers of the De-
partment of Agriculture will make
periodic inspections of the planted
areas as often as may be considered
necessary for the pifrpose of observing
field conditions, the development of tlhe
young plants, and advising growers on
the care and management of the young
8. Applicants are advised to take
advantage of the information and guid-
ance freely offered by their Agricul-
tural Officers, thereby ensuring that
they start off correctly on the road to
revival of our Cocoa Industry.

Superintendent of Agric ulurc.

12th April, 1958.

SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MAY, 1958.-(No. 26.)



In pursuance of the requirements of section 3 (2) (a) of the Aid to Pioneer
Industries Ordinance, 1952, it is hereby notified for general information that
the Governor in Council proposes to make the undermentioned Order under
section 3 (1) of the said Ordinance.
Any person who objects to the making of such Order shall give notice in
writing of his. objection, and of the( grounds on which he relies in support
thereof, to the Clerk of the Executive Council on or before the 7th day of June,
Clerk of Executive Council.
6th May, 1958.


1. Short title. This Order may be cited as the Aid to Pioneer Indus-
tries (Manuifacture of Caps) Order, 1958.

2. Declaration. The establishment, maintenance and operation in
the Colony 6f plant for the manufacture of caps is hereby declared to be a pioneer
industry for the purposes of the Aid to Pioneer Industries -Ordinance, 1952, and
caps so manufactured are declared to be pioneer products for the said purposes.

Made by the Governor in Council under section 3 (1) of the Aid to Pioneer
Industries Ordinance, 1952, (No. 5 of 1952) this day of 1958.

Clerk of Executive Council.
(F: 34/1951).



In pursuance of the requirements of section 3 (2) (a) of the. Aid to Pioneer
Industries Ordinance, '1952, it is hereby notified for general information. that
the Governor iri Council proposes to .make the undermentioned Order under
section 3 (1) of the said Ordinance.
Any person who objects to the making of such Order shall give notice in
writing of his objection, and of the grounds on which he relies in support
thereof, to the Clerk of the .Executive Council on or before the 7th day of June,
Clerk of EXecutive Council.
6th May, 1958.


1.- Short title. This Order may be cited as the'Aid to-Pioneer Indus-
tries (Manufacture of Concrete Blocks ancf Tiles) Order, 1958.

2.- Declaration. The establishment, maintenance and operation in
the Colony'of plant'for the manufacture- of concrete blocks and, tiles is hereby
declared t6-cbe'a pioneer industryfor th purposes of the Aid to Pioneer Industries
Ordinance, 1952, and concrete blocks and tiles so manufactured' are declared to
be'pi6onedr pfbducts for the said purposes. .
Made by the Governor in Council pnder section 3 (1) of the Aid to Pioneer
Industries Ordinance, 1952, (No. 5 of 19 2) this day of 1958.
Clerk of Executive Council.
(F. 34/1951).

SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MAY, 1958.-(No. 26.)



In pursuance of the requirements of section 3 (2) (a) of the Aid to Pioneer
industries Ordinance, 1952, it is hereby notified for general information that
the Governor in Council proposes to make the undermentioned Order under
section 3 (1) of the said Ordinance.
Any person who objects to the making of such Order shall give notice in
writing of his objection, and of the grounds on which he relies in support
thereof, to the Clerk of the Executive Council on or before the 7th day of June,

Clerk of Executive Council,
6th May, 1958.


1. Short title. This Order may be cited as the Aid to Pioneer Indus-
tries (Laundry Industry) Order, 1958.

2. Declaration. The establishment, maintenance and operation in
the Colony of plant for the laundering of clothing is hereby declared to be a
pioneer industry for the purposes of the Aid to Pioneer Industries Ordinance,
1952, and clothing so laundered is declared to be a pioneer product for the said

Made by the Governor in Council under section 3 (1) of. the Aid to Pioneer
Industries Ordinance, 1952, (No. 5 of 1952) this day of 1958.

Clerk of Executive Council.
(F. 34/1951).



The Crown Lands Bailiff will be at the various places to collect Crown
Lands Rent and Arrears.

June, 1958.

Georgetown Police Station
Colonarie Police Station
Sandy Bay Police Station
arrvoutallie Police Station
Layou Police Station
Vermont, Mr. Mattis' Shop
Mesopotamia Police Station
Landers, Mr. Hadley's Copra
Colonarie Police Station
Ceorgetown Police Station
Saundy Bay Police Station
Chateaubelair Police Station
Cumberland Dispensary
Barronallie Police Station
Bequia Police Station

B3quia .Police Station
Mesopotamia Police Station

2nd and 3rd June, 1958.
4th June, 1958.
S th June, 1958.
9th June, 1958.
10th June, 1958.
. 1th June, 1958.
13th June, 1958.
House.. 1 8th June, 1958.
17th June, 1958.
.. 19th June, 1958.
20th June, 1958.
23rd, 24th, 25th June, 1958.
.26th June, 1958.
27th June, 1958.
30th June, 1958.

July, 1958.
1st July, 1958.
3rd July, 1958.

SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MAY, 1958.-(No. 26.)

Georgetown Police Station
Sandy Bay Police Station
*Lauders, Mr. Hadley's Copra House
Colonaric Police Station
Barrouallie Police Station
Mesop ,amia Police Station
Layou Police Station
Vermont; Mr. Mattis' Shop
Georgetown Police Station
Cumberland Dispensary
Barrouallie Police Station
Colonarie Police Station
Sandy Bay Police Station
Chateaubelair Police Station

And thereafter:
Georgetown Police Statioin
Colonarie Police Station

Chateaubelair Police Station
Barrouallie Police Station
Layou Police Station

Mesopotamia Police, Station
Sandy Bay, Police Station,
Bequia Police Station

4th July,
7th July,
8th July,
10th July,
11th July,
14th July,
15th July,
17th July,
18th July,
21st July,
22nd July,
24th July,
25th July,
28th July,

1958, & 29th July, 1958.

.. Every Friday in each month.
1st and-3rd Tuesdays in every
.. 4th 'Monday in every month.
.. 2nd Monday in every month.
.. 1st .and 3rd Thursdays in every
.. 4th Thursday in every month.'
Last Friday in every month.
1st Wednesday in every month.

N.B. :-Renters are reminded that their rent becomes due at the 31st day
of May every year, and any renter who is in arrears prior to and after the 31st
day of May this year is asked to have his/her arrears settled immediately.
Otherwise legal steps will be taken against him to recover same and his lands

6th May, 1958.


The Oversea School Certificate and
Higher School Certificate Examinations
of the University of Cambridge Local
Examinations Syndicate will be held at
this Centre ili November and December
1958 commencing on Monday 24th
The Syndicate has announced that
recent increases in costs have made
necessary an increase in the University
Fees. The fees, which should be ,paid
into the Treasury, are as follows:-


Full Certificate
Partial Entries

3 7s. 6d.

for Superintendent of Agriculture.

Entry Fee payable by all '
candidates .. 15s. Od.
For each Principal subject 1 Os. Od.
For each Subsidiary
Subject .. 10s. Od.
For the General Paper.. 10s. Od.
Local Fee-H.S.C. &
S. Certificate .. 5s. Od.
Entry Forms may be obtained from
the Local Secretary. They should be
filled in and returned to him, together
with the Treasury receipts not later
than Saturday, June 14th, 1958.
Private Candidates, other than Even-
ing Class Students and Student Teach-
ers, should enquire at the Education
Office for further particulars before
May 24th.
Local Secretary.

(3 subjects or less) .. 1 10s. Od. 2nd May, 1958.

[ Price 24 cents. ]

. .



1958, No. 20.


(Gazetted 13th May, 1958).

1. Short title. These By-laws may be cited as the Kingstown Board
(Government and Control of the Town) (Amendment) By-laws, 1958, and shall
be read as one with the Kingstown Board (Government and Control of the
Town) By-laws, 1941 (S.R. & 0. 1941, No. 13) (hereinafter referred to as the
principal By-laws) and all amendments thereto.

2. Amendment of By-law 11A. of principal By-laws.
Paragraph (4) of By-law 11A of the principal By-laws as added by the Kingstown
Board (Government and control of the Town) (Amendment) By-laws, 1943
(S.R. & 0. 1943, No. 107) is hereby amended by substituting the word "two" for
the word "seven" appearing in the first and third lines thereof.

3. Commencement. These By-laws shall come into operation on
the 1st day of June, 1958.

Made by the Kingstown Board under Section 74 of the Kingstown Board
Ordinance (Cap. 209) this 11th day of March, 1958.

Confirmed by the Governor under Section 76 of the Kingstown Board
Ordinance (Cap. 209) this 6th day of May, 1958.
(J. 6/59/40). 1

[ Price 4 cents. ]



8th Sitting

Thursday, 3rd April, 1958

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

The Honourable E. A. C. HUGHES.

The Honourable B. F. DIAS, Crown Attorney,
,, ,, B. R. THOMAS, Financial Secretary,
. A. C. CYRUS, Second 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,
. S. E. SLATER, Member for North Leeward,
C. L. TANNIs, Member for the Grenadines,
H. F. YOUNG, Member for South Leeward,
,, ,, L. C'. LATHAM, Member for South Windward,
,, ,, A. B. DosSANTOS, Third Nominated Member,
. Mrs. IVY I. JOSHUA, Member for North Windward.

The Deputy-President opened the
meeting with the reading of prayers of
The Minutes of the Meeting of 6th
March, 1958, copies of which were cir-
culated, were taken as read and con-

HON. C. L. TANNIS: Mr. President,
I was absent at the last meeting when
my questions were answered and I beg
to give notice of the following questions
standing in my name:

Will the Minister for Education and
Social Services please release for the
information of this House, copies of
the offers of Transfers to Grade I
schools which were made to Miss
Wilson and Mr. Findlay, and also
copies of these teachers acceptance
of the transfers in support of the
statement made by the President of
this Council on 6th March, 1958, that
"they were offered and accepted post-
ing to Grade I Schools."

Will the Minister of Education and
Social Services please state whether
Miss Antrobus and Miss Allen were
actually being paid as selected Grade
Female Assistant Teachers in the

Hodgens scale $1,056 x $72-$1,488 +
20% Kirkness award before the im-
plementation of the Petter Report?
If the answer is negative, in what
scale were they paid? If the answer
is in the affirmative, are they at pres-
ent being paid at the same rate as
are all Qualified Teachers who are
assistants in several schools?
Will the Minister of Education and
Social Services please state whether
Mr. Petter did make recommenda-
tions for the payment of Specialist
Teachers at paragraph 35 of his
Report? If the answer is in the affir-
mative why were new scales for
specialist sent for the Governor's
approval as is stated by the President
of the Council on 6th March? Does
this Government propose to re-write
the Petter Report? Who are the
teachers proposed to profit by these
new scales if and when the Governor
approves them?
Will the Minister of Education and
Social Services state whether he is
aware that the teachers know of
eighty-five (85) transfers within their
ranks while the President of the
Council admits of seventy-seven (77)
such transfers. Whatever is the
answer, will the Minister please state
whether these (77) transfers were
the unnecessary ones in view of the
fact that the President of the Coun-
cil stated on 5th December, 1957 that
eight (8) transfers were necessary?

Will the Minister of Trade and Pro-
duction state what. time was ration
released to the people of the South-
ern Grenadines. How many bags of
rice, flour, sugar were sent, and to

Were these things to relieve the
sufferings of the people when a re-
quest was made by the Member for
the Grenadines for relief due to a
failure in crops?

Will the Minister for Education and
Social Services give an answer to a
few matters of policy concerning the
Estimates of the Bequia District Coun-

Has Government any intention to
replace the old landrover of the
Bequia District Council by another

Will the Minister for Communica-
tions and Works state what are the
causes for the present hold up of fish
not being transported to Martinique
by the "Sea Queen" and the "Whist-

Is it a fact that the reports were
received by this Government of illicit
trading in cigarettes, rum and wine
by the French fishing schooner which
led the Government to stop the
French boat from trading in fish to
the Grenadines thus causing the
French Government to stop the
"Whistler" from trading to Martin-

Will the Minister for Communica-
tions and Works state how much
money was releaseA. by Departmental
Warrant for Canouan and Union
Island (Southern Grenadines) for
Maintenance of Roads for 1958.

Will Government release 5,000
from C.D. & W. funds for road im-
provement in Be uia, Union Island
and Canouan.

Mr. DEPUTY-PrESIDrNT: H on our a ble
Members, I have two announcements;
the first is a very formal one which
you are.already aware of, and that is,
His lBnour, the Administrator, Presi-
dent of the Council, left for Grenada
cn Tuesday, for a perio:l of approxi-
mately one week, and that is the reason
for my being elevated to fill this Chair

today. The second announcement is
that three days ago on the 30th March,
1958, the Honourable Theophilus Albert
Marryshow, C.B.E., Senior Elected Mem-
ber of the Grenada Legislative Council
celebrated his thirty-third anniversary
of unbroken membership for the town
of St. George. A cable was despatched
on behalf of this Council, and I can do
no more than read it to you and trust
that it will meet with your approval:
To: T. A. Marryshow of St. George's
Grenada (sent on 29th March)
(reads) "The President and Mem-
bers of the St. Vincent Legislative
Council extend to you their heartiest
congratulations on your thirty-third
anniversary as a Member of the Gren-
ada Legislature. Thirty-three years of
unbroken service as an Elected Legis-
lator is no mean achievement and
could only have been accomplished
by your unstinted loyalty and devo-
tion to the people of Grenada. We
rejoice with you for this signal con-
tribution to West Indian history".
May I express the hope that one of
our own Honourable Members around
this Table would reach that record.
Honourable Members, there are no
petitions, I now call on the Honourable
Crown Attorney to lay papers.

dent, Honourable Members, I have the
honour to lay on the Table:-
Council Paper No. 9 of 1958: Report
of the Principal Auditor Windward
Islands on the Audit of the Accounts
of the Government Savings Bank,
St. Vincent for the year ended 31st
December, 1954.
Council Paper No 10 of 1958: Report
of the Principal Auditor Windward
Islands, on the Audit of the Ac-
counts of the Government Savings
Bank, St. Vincent, for the year
ended 31st December, 1955.

Council Paper No. 11 of 1958: Report
of the Principal Auditor, Windward
Islands, on the Accounts of the Gov-
ernment Savings Bank, St. Vincent,
for the year ended 31st December,
Council Paper No. 12 of 1958: Report
of the Principal Auditor, Windward
Islands, on the Accounts of Athe
Kingstown Board for the year ended
31st December, 1956.
Council Paper No. 13 of 1958: The
Colonial Special Constabulary Med-
al Regulations.
Council Paper No. 14 of 1958: The
Colonial Fire Brigades Long Ser-
vice Medal Regulations.
Council Paper No. 15 of 1958: The
Colonial Police Long Service Medal
Mr. President there is a further paper
which is not on the Agenda, but I am
informed it has been circulated to all
Members. It is Council Paper No. 16 of
1958: Report of Principal Auditor of
the Windward Islands on the Accounts
of the Colony for the year ended 31st
December, 1956.
Well, it is not included in the copy of
the Agenda and if the Honourable Mem-
bers have no objection, I will like to lay
it also along with the rest.
Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: Is there any
objection from the Honourable Mem-
Honourable Members there are no
questions on the Order Paper. I will
now call on the Honourable Crown
Attorney to move the First Reading of
the Registration of Documents Bill.

The following Bill was introduced and
read for the first time:-
The Registration of Documents
(Amendment) Bill.

dent, I beg to move the adjournment of
this Honourable House sine die.
the motion.

HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, before I begin, I
want to say thanks for the cable you
have sent to our brother across the seas
-the old veteran, T. A. Marryshow. And
again we compliment you today be-
cause we unanimously voted for you as
Deputy-President. I want the Govern-
ment not to take what I am going to
say today as they always say we are
just "in"-and not to take it as a criti-
cism but I am bringing especially to
the notice of the Minister for Trade
and Production and the Financial Sec-
retary, the severe drought we are ex-
periencing in St. Vincent. That is an
Act of God, therefore is no blame; but
that severe drought, Gentlemen, has
brought havoc to the peasants in the
Banana production. Thousands of ban-
anas because of the drought are bent
and broken down and the fruits that
should be sold are now brought to ruin.
Since it means so much to the economy
of the country, I am suggesting that
some form of rehabilitation-the Gov-
ernment together with the Banana As-
sociation should get around the Table
and send and inspect them. It is a bad
thing to see. It means so much to our
export duty, it means so much to the
economy of the planters and growers,
that the loss that they have suffered, if
some form of rehabilitation is not done,
I don't know what will happen. I be-
lieve you will take this in good faith
and go across especially to the lower
lands and see the bananas. Then it
means that when the rains start to
come a complete re-digging, taking out,
re-manuring, etc., will have to be done
while there will be a loss, they will not
be able to sell the fruits. We only ask

this because we know the Government,
it means so much to them, can get to-
gether with the Association and have an
inspector go and see what can be done.
Even a loan or some form of help to the
growers so that the banana industry
will come back. That's all.

Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: Is there any
further debate on the Adjournment?

HON. E. T. JOSHUA: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, on behalf of the
Government I must say that the cable
sent to the Honourable Theophilus
Marryshow is in order. Again, I must
congratulate you once more, Sir, as I
know you are capable of filling the
chair as President of this Council.
Well, I rise here to raise the question,
and as I do so before referring to the
Member for South Leeward constitu-
ency. We, as a Government, are al-
ways sincere that the aid the Govern-.
ment intend to give to the Arrowroot
industry, it is now clearly seen. It is
a tendency for people to stump out
their arrowroot and supply them by
bananas. This is merely a drought, a
cessation of rain for a longer period
than was necessary than we had plan-
ned for. This is only the beginning of
sorrow, an event where there is an act
of God over which we have no control
-storm, hurricane and tempest. I am
afraid that if we adopt one system of
cultivation because of the race for ban-
anas as a temporary gain, come by
ready money, I am afraid this Colony's
industry would be hopelessly ruined. If
by chance a drought or a storm or some
other means strike, it means a complete
ruin of our industry for at least nine
months, where we see the tendency of
everyone-especially the small peasants
-get disheartened and disband fields
of their arrowroot, we can only hope
with a precious industry like bananas.
The question of the larger landowners,
I see that they are not so unwise to do
away with the arrowroot, but they have

divided and given a crop to the bananas
and still try to keep the arrowroot in-
dustry going. In the overall picture,
speaking now as the Minister of Trade
and Production, Government has done
all that lies in their power to save the
Arrowroot Industry, in that the 7% de-
manded by them for import duty was
reduced right down to 3%, so that it
might be an incentive to the large
arrowroot producers to be able to keep
the Industry going. Further to that,
the tendency of the present Government
is to allow duty-free certain materials
and machinery that solely concern the
Arrowroot Industry. We believe that
this drought, or this prolonged cessa-
tion of rain, might be a warning to
those sensible farmers in this country
to keep their arrowroot fields going;
because it is known where the slight-
est twenty-five hour wind was able to
trample down a banana" field, say
nothing of 140 miles tornado, it will
erase them to the ground. But what
happens if the banana field is blown
down completely? You have an example
in the Greater Antilles, Jamaica; for
example. It means that 9 months must
pass .before our economy in that regard
can revive, but even if debris fall from
broken houses, and from other things
flying about in a storm, you can still,
after a few weeks, reap your arrowroot.
It is a crop that can stand up to ill
treatment at any time, in any part of
the year, under any conditions what-
ever; so that this is a warning. After
hearing the Honourable Member for
South Leeward what he had to say, it
is a clear indication that I will rise here
to make it known that we cannot exist
mainly on bananas, we have to attend
to our arrowroot as well.
Now, I have to inform this Honour-
able House, it is my duty as Leader of
the People's Political Party, that one of
our membership in our majority Party
has resigned from the People's Political
Party. That is the Honourable Levi
Latham. He has voluntarily sent in his

resignation, and that resignation was
unanimously accepted by the People's
Political Party. The question now-it
is an awkward position in that the
Member having resigned voluntarily, he
should not give us the trouble now to
come to this House to remove him from
the Executive Council. Reason and com-
monsense should easily show him that
if he resigns, being in a Parliamentary
Party Government which is not under-
stood here, and I would to God that it
will be soon understood, because there
it is, a Member of this Council has
resigned from this Party and is still
sitting here. There is no indication
whatever, but it is not too late, in fact,
to assume that, so therefore I would'nt
move on with the indication statement
because this will reply to a resignation
given, written in two lines, written
strictly to the Leader of the Party
telling him that he had resign from
the Party. Well, we have no alterna-
tive than to accept the resignation.

HON. H. F. YOUNG: Mr. President,
Sir, on a point of order, the resigna-
tion of a member from a Party is pure-
ly a domestic affair. As far as I can
see it is irrelevant.

refer to the point of order, I think the
resignation of a member of the Gov-
ernment Party, from the Party, with-
out resignation from the Executive
Council, is a matter of concern to this
House especially now in our present
constitutional, where the Executive
Council is supposed to be drawn from
the majority of the Elected Members.

HON. E. T. JosHUA: Yes, we have in-
formed the Member that according to
his resignation from the People's Politi-
cal Party of St. Vincent, which is the
majority party now in power, he is here-
by informed that his resignation has
been unanimously accepted. I am fur-
ther to state that on the same score he

tenders his resignation from the Execu-
tive Council, as he is no longer a mem-
ber of the Party in control. Sir, it is a
step taken which you will appreciate is
a :very cynical step, because rumour
had it that that, was the torch for
awaking other members so that they
can form a vote of non-confidence. But
the people are looking on, because it is
the first time in the history of our
country that the Party Ministerial Gov-
ernment was duly elected by them, and
for no rhyme or reason whatever this
thing has come about. You will agree
that in constitutional crisis or crisis
pertaining to the Council, you would
agree that a member on a point rising
cut of parliamentary business, that he
has resigned. Remember, recently that
in the Party Government in England
in power, the Chancellor of. the Ex-
chequer, Thorneycroft, resigned as such,
of course because the pressure that he
found, and .I believe, entanglements in
which he was involved in other sug-
gestions made by him as Chancellor,
were not accepted, therefore, the only
course was resignation. But the Cab-
inet Minister resigned as such. This is
merely the Legislative Council now, but
it contains part of the Government in
the Executive Council. The Govern-
ment in power has four Elected Mem-
bers there, three Ministers and one
without portfolio, and the course is
that we sound a note of warning here
that.such a Member of the Government
should immediately resign, as soon as he
resigns from his Party.
The question now is the drought. I
must round it off by saying whatever
representation has been made to the
Ministry of Trade and Production, be it
merely an item of trade, it will be seen
after. Referring to the Minister, or the
ex-Minister for Communications and
Works, the Honourable Clive Tannis of
the Grenadines. He made certain re-
marks beragging the Minister for Social
Services with his bragged questions as
usual. The question of an article ap-
pearing in the press on the front page

of "The Vincentian" for the past week,
which was noted outright since the
public at large has got a very unreason-
able opinion of the Government, in that
a report was made to the Government
especially in the capacity of the Min-
ister of Trade and Production, that
there was a drought and the people of
the Grenadines were informed that they
had corn and peas, and that the Min-
ister refused to act. It was in fact a
fact that the Minister was not in this
country, but was out of it on Govern-
ment business in Trinidad. I think it
was the S.F.C. Conference as such. And
being there it was impossible for him
to be able to answer the question of
the Member for the Grenadines on
representation for relief of the Grena-
dines people. But it is known that
while the Minister without Portfolio
had .apted in the capacity of Minister
for Trade and Production, that the
Minister for Communications and Works
intervened, having experience of the
Portfolio, and made certain direction
on Government's behalf. And it was a
fact even expressed too by the Revenue
Officer for the Southern Grenadines.
But we must know that these mislead-
ing tales in certain areas will go on as
long as this Member of the Legislative
Council representing people will fail,
and for no reason, to give the people
the true facts as he knows them and
as they are true. It is that in the Is-
land of Mayreau, for example, there is
a drought for water. We have seen,
the Minister for Communications and
Works, and myself when visiting that
island, we saw coloured water actually
smelling, that was the only source of
drinking water because the people of
the Southern Grenadines, especially in
the island of Mayreau, get watv.tr by
ration in casks and their, supply of
water was delayed. I believe it is true
that the greatest help to humanity can
be, instead of vague and unfounded
and untrue allegations being made to
the people of the Southern Grenadines,
those who can best be able to help them,

their aid should be commandeered, and
they should use their schooners and
vessels to aid suffering, instead of try-
ing to play tiger at the doors of the
Minister concerned; because in the far
flung part of the Southern Grenadines
it is true to say that only those who
have their barques, or their ships, can
best be able to touch those points so
easily. And true to say the Honourable
Member for the Grenadines is the Elect-
ed representative of that area, and, of
course, he being a sea captain he should
at least touch every part of these
islands to find out about hi&'eonstitu-
ency exactly what 4s the case, especial-
ly at such a time when a drought would
hit the Southern Grenadines harder
than any other part of the colony of
St. Vincent. It is true to say that in
Canouan wells there are most sustain-
ing, because in Mayreau only the
school, I believe, has appreciable water
supply, perhaps for the use of the
Teacher. In Ganouan there are Gov-
ernment wells which are not dry; still
Mayreau is the worst of them all, and
a complaint made there by the people,
I believe it is unfair to this Government
because we have to take what was told
to the people-that in request for re-
lease both in their water supply and
in their drought of crops, they were
told by the Elected representative that
the Minister for Trade and Producion
insinuated that they have their crops
of corn and peas, and that no relief
was sent. No statement could te more
uncouth and more unfounded as that
statement made at the Southern Gren-
adines; because the Minister for Trade
and Production was out of the colony,
and his locum tenens did act so far as
we know, and such statements can only
be conducive of belittling a Governrr.ent
whose standard is to maintain the
whole colony. He said in no une-'tin
terms after the people have pla-el us
in power by givin'- us the majority, we
made it quite clear that the whole island
is the constituency that ccnacrrns the
Government, the Grenadinca included,

and if that be so, I still maintain that
record stands; that is the same as the
past stand made. This Government ih
determine to see. to, it that the. worst
areas of this Colony that were neglected
for years, to tell the truth, and that any
plan that tends to: put in' one constitu-
ency all the amount of .money that we
have to spend, and all the C.D. &I W.
Welfare Schemes, if. we ask to revise
them so that those hardy hit areas
which for many years nothing was d. ne
to those areas, we will have to send
those schemes back to the Secretary of
State so that these .areas may be taken
care of. Now, for the public informa-
tion, they seem to think that we are
doing nothing but when you have
limited funds you cannot say to the
Minister of Finance, release a million
dollars and let us. take it t) build roa.ls.
We cannot say, well, we noc.. one hun-
dred thousand dollars to relieve ban-
anas, drought, cr anything like that.
I ny scheme, or any set of money, in
this Colony that, must be extended, and
if those schemes are varied, back to
the secretary 'of 'State they must go.
The Rajah is nc or asleep, we can wake
him, but we have to give him sufficient
time so that we can get a reply from
the Secretary of State either for, or
against. We cannot -just- take money
car-marked for certain -schemes and
p--t it where we like, without- having
the Eccretary of. State's approval; and
it takes time before that can te done.
And if any member of this House incites
people who are ignorant to Leeiove it,
that we have a. whole Treasury of
money, all we have to do is just to write
to the Fjnancial Secretary and ask him
to-release a certain amount; it is'not so.
And it is clearly expressed today 'by the
Leader of thevMajority Party--the-Min-
ister for Trade .and Production.

HON. C. L. TANNIs: Mr. President,
HIonourable Members, I have listened to
the Leader of the House attempting to
cross the bridge before he reaches. it,
.and attempting..to .clarify a question

that is before the House. He tried to
make a brilliant political speech. It is
rather surprising this morning to hear
a Minister, Leader of the House, talk in
such language. Seven months have
taught him a lesson already; in two
years I suppose he will be experienced
along the lines of how Government is
operating. I thought the post of Minis-
ter for Trade and Production was given
to the person who holds that name! and
if the Minisiter appoints anyone to act
on his behalf and any statements were
made by the Government, it is a Gov-
ernment statement made by the Minis-
ter for Trade and Production. The fact
that the Government in power made a
statement, they must stick to the state-
ment they made. You release in no
simple term that the people in the
Grenadines had corn and peas and that
you had released more money than nor-
mally-and that is quite sufficient. That
is a Government statement on record in
this House. And when the Minister
leaves the mainland of this country and
comes into the Grenadines, he believes
that our people are not alive and awake
to what Is happening; but they read the
papers; they read the facts of the Legis-
lative Council; so you are not fooling
them. I would like to bring to the
notice of this House that the Ministers
must be statesmen;. and while they
remain here they are responsible to
Government for their actions, and
when they make statements, they must
make statements that are real and true,
and don't go dodging behind the issue.
Here it is, the Minister and his col-
leagues leave the mainland and go to
the Grenadines and tell the people that
they have sent corn, food and ration
supplies to them. You know the usual
hurricane relief stuff was sent to the
Grenadines and stored in the Grena-
dines in case there Is a hurricane. And
when that is finished, Government dis-
posed of those goods by selling them.
The Minister informed the people that
he gave release of this stuff to be given
away in the Grenadines. What kind

of Ministers of Government have we in
here, misleading the people in high
daylight. I had no intention of touch-
ing on the subject now, because the
question is before the House on the
matter, but the Minister gave way to
my speaking on the question. He
talks in terms of people in the Gren-
adines misleading statements used by
the Member for the Grenadines-there
are no misleading statements to the
people of the Grenadines. Any state-
ments to the people of the Grenadines
at Government's request, about any
action of this Government, is right and
through the records of this Legislative
Council. I don't have to lie to my
people. I have always steered a level
course, and that is why I am here in
this House after a most wicked opposi-
tion by the Party in power. You can
talk in terms of water now. You have
seen the Grenadines many years be-
fore and you know their water supply
is low, yet you never set forth any water
questions and you come to this House
for the benefit of the people-the very
unfortunate people-cut off by miles of
water. It suits your purpose now to
tell us 'Oh, they are drinking green
water'. Yes; they have been drinking
that years before now.

ourable Member say that the people
in the Grenadines are drinking green

HON. C. L. ,TANNIS: Excuse me, Mr.
President, I am sorry, Mr. President.

Mr. DkPUTY-PRESIDENT: I just want
to know whether it was you who told
us that the people of the Grenadines
are drinking green water, or the Hon-
ourable Member.

HON. C. L. TANNIS: Sorry, Mr. Presi-
dent, the Minister made the statement
about the colour of the water. But my
good Honourable Minister has now seen
the water the people of the Grenadines

drink. Some years before now he saw
this same dirty water, yet when the
motion and question were brought be-
fore this House, informing the House
of it, there was no support from the
Member of the Grenadines, no support.
But I hope that now the Minister has
made capital of this water question
that he will see to it, and in the. very
near future that he gives us more and
more water, which is necessary for the
health of any human being. The res-
ponsibility of any people lies -in the
hands of the Government; and that is
why you have gone out, Mr. Chief Min-
ister, and you have returned a full
fledged Party Government of which you
are the Leader. Don't shirk your res-
ponsibilities. Stand up to it. You talk
in terms of little money. He knew that
before he took over this Government.
He was aware of the fact that this
country has very little money. He has
taken seven months to understand that,
yet for the former six years he was in
this House he did not realise that that
position existed. It is time for this
Government to stop playing for sym-
pathy, begging for time. It is time for
this Government to present something
to the public. The platform on which
they talk so much about the new St.
Vincent, the glories that seventy odd
thousand people would get when they
come into power in the P.P.P. Govern-
ment. Stop begging for time. You have
time at your disposal, make use of it.
Seven months are not seven days. The
Minister, of course, must realise that
there has to be opposition in this House,
and the Opposition here is to ensure
that we have a Government that is
going to do some work for the people.
While I remain in this Opposition, my
colleagues and I are going to see that
the Ministers of Government really do
some work and stop begging for time;
otherwise we are going to ask this Gov-
ernment to resign. Yes, if you are not
capable of shouldering the responsibil-
ity of this Government, we are going
to ask you to resign.

Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: I will ask the
Honourable Member for South Leeward
not to intervene any further.
HON. H. F. YOUNG: Thank you. Very

Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: It is not par-
liamentary, it is not possible for the
Speaker, or the person presiding over
the Chair if at times when the
person sitting next to you carries on a
debate, or continues to carry on com-
HON. H. F. YOUNG: Thank you very
much. But I was speaking to my col-
league and he did not object.

Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: I do not have
any concern whether the Honourable
Member objects or not. I, as presiding
Member object, and I ask the Honour-
able Member please to see to it ....
and carry out the wishes of the Chair.
The Honourable Member for the Gren-
HON. C. L. TANNIS: There is another
point which must be brought to notice
of this House. That is, that of late
quite a lot of official matters which have
not yet reached this House have been
released to the Public. I must ask the
Government that they should see to it,
if you have taken the oath of secrecy
in a House, that matters do not reach
outside before it is brought to this
House. We have a Party Government
in power, but a Party Government does
not mean-that the Party is supposed to
be informed of matters before they are
brought to this House. This Govern-
ment must tighten up itself.
The question was put before the
House concerning the mail transport
system to Bequia, and an answer was
given that this Government has no in-
tention right now to replace the sailing
boat by a motor vessel. I will like to ask
this Governmennt by what means of
transport must the Member for the
Grenadines take to get here to the

Meetings at Kingstown. It has been
clearly seen that that transport is not
good enough for the Ministers of Gov-
ernment to travel to visit the constitu-
ency of the Grenadines. It is not good
enough for Government Officials and
Members of the Government, nor Heads
of Departments to use to visit the
Grenadines, but it is good enough for
the people of the Grenadines to travel
by to come to the mainland; or from
Bequia, at least. Thirty years ago we
moved by sailing boat to all parts of
this country. Here it is, you have
placed a new mail van to replace the
motor vessel from the Leeward coast.
You have placed a new mail van on
the eastern side of this country, yet
we must be satisfied, sailing for hours,
to leave home at seven perhaps, get
here at eleven or twelve, or sometimes
one, or two, if we do get here at all, at
the risks of the elements, and this Gov-
ernment tells me that that is good
enough for us, and expects the Member
for the Grenadines to sit here and keep
quiet. Oh no, the Member for the
Grenadines of course must take his boat
and make it into a mail boat, and
transport everybody. Yes, I know that
is what you want. But that is not
going to be done any more by the Mem-
ber for the Grenadines. Government
must provide a boat, a proper boat.
Here it is, the Magistrate has not visit-
ed the island of Bequia for the past
five months; there is no transport and
he would not travel by the daily mail
from here to Bequia. The people whom
you serve must travel, and the people
are not concerned, as Ministers of this
Government, they wouldn't travel by
that. But that is not good enough, and
they are paying income tax to this
Government. The Ministers and mem-
bers of the Civil Service, not good
enough for the Civil Service, not good
enough for the Government, yes; but
good enough for the people who are tax-
payers. This Government is saltsfied
to tell us, you don't need a motor vessel.
You pay 24 cents per mile for hiring a

car for moving Government Officers
anywhere along the roads here in St.
Vincent-the mainland with pitched
roads-yet this Government finds it
impossible to pay the same 24 cents per
mile for a boat manned by four sailors,
to travel across the boisterous seas.
You pay a boat for the mails from
Bequia to St. Vincent $2.00 per day, four
men in a boat, $2.03 per day, not even
50- cents for each man who comes on
that boat. It is time for this condition
to be changed. The last Government
decided that the boat will be replaced
by a motor boat. An application for
the motor boat that applied failed to
keep the contract (and therefore the
motor boat was put off. It is not a new
thing here, the last Government called
for tenders for a motor boat and did
get applications, and did give a tender
to the motor boat, but the motor boat
was not a proper boat, because other
tenders board sit inside a room and
they decide it is like a motor car, and
anything is good enough; that is why
the wrong boat was chosen for the mail
from Bequia to St. Vincent. She could
not carry out the service at the Late at
which Government was paying, and she
had to fail off. Other tenders have been
sent in this year to this Covernment,
at the end of last year, fIr a better
service, and the Government cast them
aside; it is too much money to be spent
on the island of Bequia. Too much
money. Anything tinat soell- Grenadines
is too much money t-,- be spent. Yet
when it co-es to the nmanian.d it is
never too much.. t is time to think in
terms of the Grenadines like TriniddL
and Tchbago. You see how the Trinid ,:
Government takes care of the people
of Tobago-that is what t is Govern-
ment is supposed to do. In the days
of the War, our ships manre.i the seas
and brought food to these islands, now
we are not counted anymore. Our fish-
ing boats still bring fish to supply the
needs of this island, and we still con-
tribute to the revenue, we pay income

Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: I would like
to let the Honourable Member know
that he has 2 minutes more.

HON. C. L. TANNIS: Yet we are not
respected as such that we should be
given even the mere amenities of a
good transport system to get us here to
the Capital to see the Government. I
look forward to the day when this Gov-
ernment will change their attitude and
think in terms of the Grenadines as
Trinidad thinks in terms of Tobago. I
still pledge my whole-hearted co-opera-
tion to this Government, but it is neces-
sary when you go off the tract to bring
certain matters to this House. I thank

HON. E. S. CAMPBELL: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I have on repeat-
ed occasions heard the Minister for
Trade and Production telling the story
of one Socrates who had to take a
lighted lantern to search through
Athens to find an honest man, and I
feel extremely certain that if he had
so much difficulty to find an honest
man then, it will be out of the question
to look for an honest politician. Mr.
president, I have seen the last Govern-
ment spend thousands of pounds on
Prune Island, looking for salt, while at
Mayreau there was a natural salt pond
bearing salt every year, and it is al-
ledged that the owner had not got the
money to pick that salt. I have also
seen, just shortly, before the last Elec-
tion, the last Government made every
effort to stop the French people from
coming to the Grenadines to buy fish.
Shortly after that I have seen the Hon-
ourable Member for the Grenadines put
6,000 pounds of fish into "Whistler" and
went to Martinique hoping to get it
sold, only to find the French Govern-
ment had disallowed him from selling
fish there. Now the Honourable Mem-
ber .. ... . .

HON. C. L. TANNIS: Is that a Gov-
ernment statement?

statement of the person who had made

HON. C. L. TANNIS: A Government
statement, a fishery statement?

Mr. DEPUTY-PRESIDENT: It is a state-
ment made by the Honourable Member
for Kingstown speaking on the adjourn-
ment at a Meeting held on the 3rd
April, 1958.

HON. E. S. CAMPBELL: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I was saying that
I have seen the last Government dis-
continuing the trade of the French
people purchasing fish from the Grena-
dines, and shortly after that I have
seen the Honourable Member despatch
his schooner with fish to Martinique,
hoping to get it sold, only to find that
the French Government disallowed him
from selling there. Now the Honour-
able Member has brought the question
before this House asking for explanation
of his own act. Mr. President, I will
welcome the day when politicians will
come to this House to debate the issues
of the people and not the issues of
themselves. We can well see, Mr. Presi-
dent, that every effort made here by
the Honourable Member for the Gren-
adines to secure certain things which
go to certain specific persons in his
constituency. The transport for the
Grenadines, the Honourable Member
well knows that a contract has been
signed, and that contract has a full
year to go. He has placed the question
before the House, and the question has
been properly answered. This Govern-
ment can do nothing about the con-
tract until the Tenders Board late in
this year decides to change the contract,
most probably on the instructions of the
Government, if that happens. Never-
theless, he is making every effort for us
to discontinue the contract so that a
motor vessel, I do not know which motor
vessel, can have the contract. Besides
that, a service of mails to the Grena-

dines every day, just talking about half-
a-dozen letters would be extremely out
of the question giving it to a motor
vessel that will charge you quite a high
figure for this service. That is not a
passenger service, the passenger service
to the Grenadines is the mail service
that takes the mail to Bequia, Canouan
and Union Island. The Bequia service
is not a passenger service therefore,
and I am well aware of the fact that
the Honourable Member knows that.
He asks how he should come to Kings-
town to attend Legislative Council
meetings: Well arrangements have been
made for that; the Members of the
council are paid a transport allowance
and they have to make provisions for
transporting themselves from wherever
they reside. It is not a matter for this
Government to fix means of his getting
to Legislative Council meetings.
Again, Mr. President, on the matter of
release of certain food stuffs in the
Grenadines the Honourable Member has
explained to the House it is quite true
that those supplies were put at Union
Island to take care in the event of a
hurricane taking place. Now those sup-
plies were released in November last
year; the hurricane season was not
over, therefore it is quite obvious to
honest thinking Honourable Members
that there must have been some reason
why these supplies were released in
early November, and the reason can
only be the drought that has started
in the Grenadines since August and has
been so protracted, the crops in the
Grenadines have failed. Mr. President,
I have offered that little addition to
this debate only to enlighten Honour-
able Members of the effort that this
Government is making for the people
of St. Vincent as a whole. There are
people in St. Vincent apart from the
Grenadines that are suffering, because
in going through the areas to see
'what is happening with regards to this
,drought, I have seen people of Bucca-
ment just dipping water from the

Buccament River and drinking that
water in the constituency of the Hon-
ourable Member for South Leeward.
That is just as bad as the water that
is being drunken in the Grenadines.
But as it is well known, this Govern-
ment is a poor one functioning on
grants and if very little has been done
for the Grenadines and its water ser-
vice, there are other places in St. Vin-
cent that have a bad water service.
The present Government is not com-
posed of magicians who can overnight
invent or make sums of money to carry
out the projects which the Member
sitting opposite me will like us to carry
out. I thank you very much.
HoN. Mrs. IvY JOSHUA: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, since the Leader
for this Government was elected in this
Council I never heard him oppose any
motion whatsoever. When the Mem-
ber for the Grenadines speaks about
opposing motions, I know he should
keep quiet. When the Minister for
Trade and Production sits around this
Table whether the motion is from the
opposition or not he supports all
motions. The Member for the Grena-
dines is the one who opposes motions.
In the last Government when the Min-
ister for Trade and Production asked
for amenities for his constituency in
North Windward, he opposed it by say-
ing when you learn to behave yourself,
you would be able to get amenities for
your constituency. So I think the Mem-
ber for the Grenadines must keep quiet.
I-ION. L. C. LATHAM: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, I had no intention
to say anything today, but Mr. Presi-
dent, I have heard a little matter read
there oy the Minister for Trade and
Production. I like to announce to this
House that from the 20th March I have
resigned from the People's Political
Party for reasons which I cannot ex-
press here. When I joined the Party,
Mr. President, Honourable Members, I
did not join to get on the Legislative

Council, I did not join the party as a
stepping stone to be a member of this
council. No! I join the party so that
getting together in one unity we would
be able to make St. Vincent a better
place, not for us so much but for our
children's children. But I have proved
different from that. I have proved that
this party is not living up to the ex-
pectation, and I really like to uphold
my manhood and keep my chin up, and
I like to go out and speak to my people
in my constituency, and many other
reasons which made me resign from the
party. But I heard the Minister read a
ultimatum there saying that it is easier
for me to resign from the Executive
Council. As a member of the Executive
Council he said I must resign and not
let pressure be put on me. We have
been voted here in this House as Mem-
bers of the Executive Council, and I
don't know how I will just resign from
Ex. Co. I do not know the procedure
Mr. President but I am able to follow
the trend of procedure sometime to
come. I do not know my predecessor
who will succeed me as the fourth elect-
ed member in Ex. Co. I believe it is the
Honourable Member for North Leeward.
My place-my right place in the Legis-
lative Council is on the Opposition be-
cause if I get on the Opposition we will
make things warm. I do believe that
you are locking the stable when the
horse is out. I do not rely on the Mem-
ber for North Leeward taking my place
will be successful; somehow I do be-
lieve that the Member will be right
over on the Opposition bench. You have
to go through the right procedure to
remove me from the Executive Council.
That is all for the resignation.
On Tuesday night last about 8.15 p.m.
I heard an announcement over W.I.B.S.,
the voice of the Windward Islands that
24 acres of cane have been destroyed
in the North Windward area valued
approximately $1 ),000. I heard that
over W.I.B.S. At this stage when we
have already federated and our federa-

tion is an established fact on the 22nd
April this year, what is the true posi-
tion of our economy if we keep losing
our revenue year by year from the North
Windward area which is the richest con-
cern and the one and only one indus-
try that St. Vincent possess, they keep
losing revenue. How shall we enter
the Federation grant-aided? -How shall
we enter the Federation? What is the
true financial picture? We have al-
ready been weaned as a hen weane its
-chicken. We have already been weaned
from Downing Street. We wouldn't
have any more block grant after five
years-no more money to get from the
'House of Parliament, and by next year
if all be well our estimate will have to
go to Trinidad to meet the boys down
there. We have just passed the esti-
mates here about two months ago, and
have seen the grant in aid from Col-
onial Office which is approximately
$1,324,000. Let us face facts if we have
to stay here and allow our economy to
be wasted and burnt up, allowing $10,000
to "$15,000 to go down the drain, what
will be the financial aspect for the next
few years? When our estimates go to
Trinidad next year it is going to meet
the Federal House of Representatives
there; and if we are grant-aided, if we
receive this year one million three hun-
dred and twenty-four thousand dollars
we are not going to get that from the
Federal Government next year; because
we are going to meet the same West
Indian 'boys there just like ourselves,
and we can't frighten them with words.
Oh no! We would never be able to
- frighten those boyd with words as we
frighten the Englishmen when we go
to Colonial Office. Mr. President, Hon-
ourable Members, our Island's economy
is at stake and I am offering a sugges-
tion as to what should be done. We
should strengthen our securities; we
should recruit more men in our Police
Force so that we would be able to pun-
ish those people in the most industrial
part of the Island to save this island's

economy. Mr. President, Honourable
Members, we are passing on, and we
have a lot of energetic youngsters com-
ing up who will have to take their
rightful place in the Federated West
Indies. If we sit here as representatives
of the people and allow all that waste
to go on, we will find ourselves in the
very near future in a very funny posi-
tion. I thank you.
HoN, A. C. CYRUS: Mr. President,
Honourable Members, we seem to get
so engrossed in argument and all such
things that we do not bother ourselves
to look for a solution to our problems.
Now one of the things we have been
discussing on the adjournment is the
water situation in the Grenadines.
There has been a very prolonged
drought and those of us in Kingstown
have realized the seriousness of it. We
have seen some of the effects of it last
night-we couldn't get good lights, and
we know that if it keeps on like this
we will be deprived of not only lights
but water also which is even worst.
Well if that is the case one can imagine
what is happening in the Grenadines.
It is true that the Honourable Member
for Kingstown said that people are dip-
ping water from the river; we haven't
got any rivers, but I think soon we
might have to get water from Great
Head to boil and drink. But what is
happening in the Grenadines? In the
past years when we had drought not
as serious as this, Government used to
arrange to send down water so many
times per week to the Grenadines. I
am suggesting, Sir, that if that is 'not
done as yet, something of the sort
should be done.

HON. E. S. CAMPtELL: Mr. President,
On a point of explanation, Sir, I will
explain to the Honourable Second Nom-
inated Member that water is sent to
the Grenadines with the mail service
ever week, twice per week.
HoN. A. C. CYRUS: Thank you very
much, Sir. Well you see if that point

was made in your statement Sir, as
Minister, it would have saved me the
trouble of getting up, because I got up
chiefly to find a solution to solve the
problem of the Grenadines.

Members as there appears to be no
further debates on the adjournment, I
shall like to say how grateful I am to
the Honourable Member for South Lee-
ward and the Honourable Minister for
Trade and Production for their kind
remarks made about me for the time I
am presiding here. Perhaps it is be-
cause I was born lucky and there are
willing co-operative members therefore
my task is made very easy indeed. I
was also glad to hear the remarks made
about the Honourable T. A. Marryshow.
As some members may not have for-
gotten I was born in Grenada, and one
of my earliest recollection of the Hon-
ourable T. Albert Marryshow was when
he was elected to the Legislative Coun-
cil as Member for the Town of St.
George I was only seven years old. I
know him from thence to the present
time and I think if any statesman de-
serves the achievement the Honourable
T. A. Marryshow deserves it.
Now speaking not as the Deputy-
President, but as somewhat as having
some knowledge of certain things said
by the Honourable member for South
Windward I should like to confirm that
there has been in fact certain cane
fires recently. I would like to make it
quite clear that there is no suspicion
at the present moment, there is no
evidence, I can even go as far as to
say that the cane fires are anything
but accidental. Getting back now, we
talked about the matter of drought
which is the trouble. In so far as I
am informed this has been the driest
year since 1946 which I think was the
driest year for 56 years and after three
practically rainless months in fact I
can tell you for the three months of
the year so far there has just been 4
inches of rain. That in itself will give

the Honourable Members an indication
that a careless cigarette or a careless
coalpot or anything can easily start a
conflagration which will be difficult to
check. Now I am happy to be able to
assure the Honourable Member that the
lost is not so much as he feared, owing
to the fact that burnt canes as long
as they are cut within a reasonable
time can be processed, whereas if they

are allowed to stay for a considerable
length of time they deteriorate. The
lost is by no means as fearful as you
were led to believe from the announce-
ment over the Windward Islands Broad-
casting Station.
I now declare this House adjourned
sine die.
Adjourned 11.20 a.m.

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