Colonial Development and Scientific Research


    PUBLICATION of the recommendations of the West Indies Royal Commission together with the important statement of policy on colonial development and welfare (H.M. Stationery Office. Cmd. 6174, 6175), to which Mr. Malcolm MacDonald, H.M. Secretary of State for the Colonies, made reference in the House of Commons on February 20, mark a momentous enlargement in scope in the administrative and financial relations between Great Britain and her colonial and other dependencies of analogous status which will, have a profound effect on their future. The measures which the Government now proposes after an examination of Colonial problems which had been begun sometime before the outbreak of the War is an acceptance of an obligation which has long seemed inevitable to those who have been engaged in the scientific investigation of conditions in these dependencies if Great Britain's responsibility is to be met.

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    Colonial Development and Scientific Research. Nature 145, 342 (1940).

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