HC Deb 16 July 1952 vol 503 cc2137-8
30. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the present position in respect of West Indian Federation.

Mr. Lyttelton

The Legislatures, apart from Barbados, which has still to debate the subject, British Guiana, British Honduras and the Virgin Islands, have accepted federation in principle. I have suggested that the next step should be a conference in London; a copy of my despatch setting out detailed plans for this conference was placed in the Library on 27th February. The preliminary work suggested in paragraph 4 of that despatch has not yet been completed, and I do not think that the conference can usefully be held until this has been done.

Mr. Sorensen

Supposing one of the areas of the Caribbean to which the right hon. Gentleman refers still refuses to join in, what will happen? Will they go on with the proposal?

Mr. Lyttelton

That is a hypothetical question. I am very keen to hold the conference to see what general measure of agreement can be reached.