HC Deb 02 June 1937 vol 324 cc1003-4
35. Mr. Leach

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has further considered the question of granting an increase of self-government for Trinidad, especially in view of the increased autonomy recently granted to the lesser West Indian islands?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have recently received a copy of a resolution passed at a public meeting held in Trinidad on 1oth April this year in favour of increased unofficial representation on the Legislative Council. The Governor of Trinidad has been asked for his observations and recommendations on this resolution. and on their receipt I will give the matter my consideration.

Mr. Leach

Does the Governor on the spot not regularly inform the right hon. Gentleman that His Majesty's loyal subjects in Trinidad have been discussing this matter for a long time past?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

No. I have not had any representations from the Governor on this particular matter, but, in addition to the representations which have been addressed to me from Trinidad, I have also seen the representative of Trinidad who came over for the Coronation, and I informed him that I was looking into the matter forthwith.