April 5: “Ideal Thing For Harbour View Was A Sewerage Plant”

1950: Within a month of taking possession of Vernam Field, Kingswood Films will start production of 12 films to be made for the Pathe Industries Inc, to be distributed by Eagle Lion Films Inc, the largest United States independent motion picture distributors. The film will be Sunken Treasure, to be produced in cinecolour, James S. Burkett of Hollywood, president of Kingswood Films Inc, announces.


1955: A bill giving the governor in the Executive Council the right to act before appointing a commission, to make recommendations for compensation in granting of ancillary rights on land in the exploration for petroleum, is passed by the House of Representatives. Presented by Chief Minister Norman Manley, the bill was postponed to give the opposition time to study its provisions. The opposition objected to the provisions, but the bill passed second and third reading and will now go the Legislative Council.


1960: The appointment of G.C. Gunter as acting governor of Jamaica, as of June 14 next, is described by Premier Norman Manley as “carrying to a logical conclusion the new constitutional development” of the island. Sir Alexander Bustamante, leader of the Opposition, when asked for his reactions to Gunter’s appointment said, “I am glad of it.”


1963: The 11-day-old enquiry into the Harbour View Scheme comes to an end. Only two witnesses are called today and the last of the 48 persons to appear before the commission was Dr Glendon Logan, former minister of housing and social welfare, who said that it had always felt that the ideal thing for Harbour View was a sewerage plant and that, if he were minister, he would be disposed to remedy the situation at Harbour View with such a plant.


1967: In the event that Sangster is unable to resume office, Jamaica Labour Party members of the House of Representatives reach a consensus that Hugh Shearer should be asked to be their leader. Agreement was reached that all would abide by a majority decision. Consensus was reached after more than one ballot. Following the news that Sangster was unlikely to recover, constructional advice was taken by Governor General Sir Clifford Campbell and the Cabinet members of the government as to what procedures should be adopted to maintain continuity of government in Jamaica.


1971: Minister of Public Utilities and Housing, Wilton Hill, accompanied by chairman of the Electricity Authority, L.C. McKenzie, will, in the next few days, leave Jamaica for talks with foreign shareholders of the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) and other interests regarding the electricity supply in Jamaica. Hill makes this disclosure to a four-man deputation, represen-ting local shareholders of JPS who waited on him at the ministry. The deputation revealed that previous to the Government’s bid to acquire Stone and Webster’s shareholding in JPS, they had written Stone and Webster and indicated to them their willingness to purchase their shares. Stone and Webster never replied to their letter.