July 7: “Wonderful Achievement”

1953: A concerted all-party move is made in Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives for the abolition of the Trade Control Board. The move is made as the committee discussed provisions in the Budget for the Ministry of Trade and allied departments. It provides an intense and strongly worded debate as the permanent secretary of the ministry, Earle Maynier, without assistance from a duly appointed minister of trade and industry, parried the thrusts of members against the efficacy of the Trade Control Board, the worth of its personnel and the general value of its economic policy.

1955: Finding that the appellant is not a candidate within the meaning of the law at the time of offence, the Court of Appeal quashes a portion of the conviction of Edwin Leopold Allen, MHR for North Western Clarendon, for publishing and causing an election placard to be published without the name and address of the printer. The findings mean that the offence is not an illegal practice under law and, therefore, does not involve forfeiture of his seat in the House of Representatives.

1959: Wills O. Isaacs, minister of trade and industry, declares the new £700,000 terminal building at the Montego Bay airport formally open at a function attended by hundreds of people, representative of the various walks of life across the island. Chairman of the function is A.G.S. Coombs, minister of communications and works, under whose portfolio the airport falls, and he paid tribute to speakers for the “wonderful achievement”.

1961: A.G.S. Coombs, minister of communications and works, states that the opening of the new terminal building at the Palisadoes Airport represents the third and final stage of the scheme for the construction of a new airport at Palisadoes involving an expenditure of over £4,000,000. He says the first stage was the creation of the land from the Kingston Harbour by dredging at a cost over £1,000,000. The second stage was the construction of a new runway 7,600 feet in length, with a taxiway parallel to it, constructed at a cost of approximately £1,500,000.

1964: The Government of Jamaica intends to introduce new legislation by next year to cover any deficiencies which may exist in regard to the registration, importation, distribution and use of pesticides in Jamaica. Minister of Health Dr Herbert Eldemire, in a release, states that the use of pesticides and insecticides for domestic and agricultural purposes is a matter of great importance not only for us here in Jamaica but also abroad, and considerable public interest has been aroused in recent years because of the potential harm to human beings which can stem from the indiscriminate use of these pesticides.