§ 18. Mr. Brockway
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the agreement reached with the Government of the United States of America regarding the future of the United States base at Chaguaramas.
§ 22. Mr. C. Royle
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a further statement in regard to the negotiations with the United States of America on the West Indies bases.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
General agreement has been reached in an atmosphere of great cordiality on all matters relating to United States Bases in Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Antigua and Jamaica during the recent talks between representatives of the Governments of the United States, the United Kingdom, the West Indies and the units concerned. I have placed in the Library of the House copies of the communiqués issued at the close of the talks.
§ Mr. Brockway
I recognise the very considerable concessions which have been made by the Government of the United States of America, but can the right hon. Gentleman say whether there has been any decision regarding the demand of the West Indian Territories for Chaguaramas as the capital of the Federation?
§ Mr. Macleod
The hon. Gentleman will realise that this is a matter that concerns mainly the Government of Trinidad and the Federal Government of the West Indies. If they are entirely satisfied, as they are, with the arrangements, details of which I have circulated, that is good enough far me.