THIS DAY IN OUR PAST
The following events took place on October 31 in the years identified:
1957:Norman Chief Minister Manley lay down four basic principles by which the Government is guided in respect to land use. This includes the idea that ownership of land does not carry with it an unqualified right of use. Therefore, restrictions based on the duties of ‘neighbourliness’ may be imposed without involving the concept that the landowner is being deprived of his property or of his interest therein. Therefore such restriction can be imposed without liability to pay compensation. If a point is reached where the restrictions are imposed beyond the obligations of ‘neighbourliness’, they may be some unnecessarily harsh penalties and may become equivalent to expropriation of the proprietary right or interest and, in such case, will carry compensation. Mr. Manley is speaking on the new Town and Country Planning Bill under which a Town and Country Planning Authority will be set up to “determine any area in which development should be controlled.” 1968:Following
a request to firearms dealers by Minister of Home Affairs Mr Roy McNeill, that stocks of firearms in their possession should be turned over to the police for safekeeping, dealers throughout Jamaica turn in their entire stock of firearms, says police headquarters. The firearms are being processed by the police to be handed over to the military for safekeeping until the police feel it is safe to return them to their owners. The request is made by the minister following the break-in of a storeroom at Messrs Adolph Levy and Brothers Limited, 59A Harbour Street, Kingston, and the theft of firearms. 1975:The
Senate gives stormy passage to the constitutional amendment which opens the way for an additional minister to be appointed from its ranks as well as another parliamentary secretary. As in the Lower House, which passed the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries (Constitutional Amendment) Act, 1975 on October 30, 1975, the Opposition registers strong protest at the quick passage given to the bill. The controversy started from the moment Leader of Government Business Senator Dudley Thompson moved suspension of the Standing Orders so that the bill, which he had introduced some minutes earlier, could be taken through all its stages.