HC Deb 23 June 1948 vol 452 c1337
20. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made up to date towards establishing a customs union in the West Indian Colonies.

Mr. Creech Jones

As all the Legislatures concerned have agreed to participate, I am now arranging to appoint a Commission to investigate this question.

Mr. Reid

Will the Minister expedite the connected matter of federation of the West Indies so that these Colonies may take responsibility for their own welfare?

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, certainly. Sir Hubert Rance is now in the West Indies carrying on this work.

Mr. Crawley

Will this Commission work under Sir Hubert Rance and his organisation?

Mr. Creech Jones

It will work in conjunction with it.

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