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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.

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