March 18: “The Opposition Walks Out Of The House Of Representatives”

1946: Official circles stress that the island may be asked to send a larger contingent of agricultural workers to the United States than the 12,000 already mentioned. The actual date of the arrival of the War Food Administration recruiting unit is not yet known to the Labour Department. The increased numbers to be sent abroad will necessitate the increasing of liaison officers used by West Indian Central Labour Organisation.


1951: Faced with the need to protect the interests of the public, bakery operators and workers, in view of the special Easter baking usual at this time, Government is giving urgent consideration to the situation. Which has arisen in the Corporate Area following the bakery strike. At the request of the minister of social welfare, D.B. Sangster, acting on behalf of the elected members of the Executive Council, an emergency meeting is held at King’s House at which talks on the situation are held. As a result of these talks, the labour advisor will call a conference of the bakers and the workers’ representatives to seek a resumption of work.

1953: Two new chapters are added to Jamaica’s sporting record when Vijay Hazare and his touring team of Indian cricketers arrive at the Palisadoes Airport and are met by His Excellency the Governor Sir Hugh Foot and Mr Karl Nunes, president of the Jamaica Cricket Board of Control. Two thousand spectators, pressing against the terminal building and the fences, cheer the arriving cricketers. It is the first time cricketers from India have come to the island, and it is the first time a governor has gone to meet a touring team at the airport.

1958: The opposition walks out of the House of Representatives and the 1958-59 Estimates of Expenditure are presented by Noel Nethersole, minister of finance, and members of the majority party only. The walkout, threatened last week by Sir Alexander Bustamante, comes after the house, by majority votes, refused to permit suspension of the Standing Orders to enable Donald Sangster, deputy leader of the Opposition, to bring a motion seeking deferment of presentation of the estimates until March 27.

1963: The original plan for the Harbour View Housing Scheme, submitted by Messrs West Indies Home Contractors Limited, builders of Harbour View, was rejected by Government Town Planner David W. Spreull who recommended “considerable revisions”. These recommendations were not accepted in their entirety as the then minister of housing, Dr Glendon Logan, decided that the scheme might be abandoned if there was any delay due to major changes in the layout. These and other facts relating to the Harbour View Housing Scheme are told by Mr D.W. Spreull as he gave evidence before the three-man commission appointed by Government to probe the scheme at this its first sitting.

1969: A new feature – unprecedented is the term of the chief electoral officer – is introduced into the pattern of Jamaica’s election polling when two ballot boxes are stolen by gangs of men and the votes robbed. As a result of the theft, elections in the Admiral Town and Cross Roads divisions of Southern St Andrew, are likely to reach the courts for a decision depending on how wide a margin those divisions are won.