HC Deb 20 April 1931 vol 251 cc609-10
78. Mr. JAMES WELSH (Paisley)

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether the Secretary of State has considered the petition from the unofficial members of the Legislative Council of Trinidad to appoint a Royal Commission on the constitution of Trinidad; and what action he proposes to take? circulate a statement in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the statement:

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Dr. Drummond Shiels)

My Noble Friend has received from the Governor of Trinidad a despatch regarding a resolution moved in Legislative Council on 14th November last requesting that a Royal Commission should be appointed to investigate the question of granting self-government to Trinidad. He has already conveyed his views on the resolution to the Governor, and I understand that these views have been communicated to the Legislative Council. My hon. Friend will be aware that in quiries have been addressed to the Governors concerned respecting the desirability of a commission to investigate the larger question of constitutional changes in the group comprising the Leeward Islands, Windward Islands and Trinidad.