1947: Standard Oil Company of New Jersey announces that specially constructed storage centres have been built, or are now under construction, in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, the Canal Zone, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Jamaica, to serve domestic consumers in those countries with liquefied petroleum gas. The company hopes to serve up to a quarter million domestic consumer within eight years.

1953: A bill, laid before the House of Representatives, by the minister of finance, the Hon Donald Sangster, provides that laws passed between August 1, 1952 and May 30, 1953, shall be included in the revised edition of the laws of Jamaica. In July last year, the House authorised the preparation of a new revised edition of the laws of Jamaica in force on August 1, 1952. The work of setting up the type for this edition proceeds far more slowly than was anticipated due to mechanical difficulties.

1956: The Government will go to the House of Representatives with a proposal for special arrangements to be made for the establishment of factories in underdeveloped areas of the island. Present goal is for the establishment of 15 factories for export production with a labour potential of 3,000 to 6,000 jobs, principally for women.

1959: A sum of £1,000 is being approved by the KSAC Roads and Works Committee from their maintenance fund for widening the bridge at the foot of Red Hills. This project is being recommended to the committee by the acting city engineer as “immediately urgent” will take £7,000 to complete. It’s urgency, however, demands immediate attention.

1963: Jamaica is planning to adopt a savings stamp scheme for schoolchildren. But instead of stamps bearing the portrait of Prince Charles – the Jamaican stamps will depict the four national symbols, the Lignum Vitae, the Doctor Bird, the Mahoe and the Ackee. The chairman of the newly created National Savings Committee, Mr Samuel Henriquez, reveals this.


1966: The acting prime minster, the Hon Donald Sangster, comments that the provision of a new post office at Crooked River is only one of the numerous visible examples of the co-operation existing between government and the people in order to promote the development of the people.

1970: A committee is to be set up by the Government to examine the state of pollution of Kingston Harbour, and to make monthly reports to the various officials and other agencies concerned with this matter. The minister of local government, the Hon Leopold Lynch, in the House of Representatives, announces this.

1975: Jamaica is to host meetings of the interim and development committees of the International Monetary Fund in January next year. The deputy prime minister and minister of finance, the Hon David Coore, discloses this, on his return to the island on the weekend from London and Paris, where he attended meetings of the fund and the World Bank.

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