HC Deb 15 November 1960 vol 630 c177
2. Mr. John Hall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the study of the Burns Commission's Report on the economic development of Fiji has been completed; and if he will make a statement.

6. Mr. Iremonger

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies when he expects to receive the views and recommendations of the Fiji Government on the Burns Commission's, Report.

The Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Hugh Fraser)

The Report is to be debated in Legislative Council early in December. In the light of the debate the Fiji Government will prepare their recommendations. My right hon. Friend expects to receive these by the end of the year.

Mr. Hall

Has my right hon. Friend considered, as a possible contribution towards solving the economic problems of Fiji, consulting with his right hon. Friend the Minister of Defence about the raising of two or three Fiji battalions?

Mr. Fraser

No, Sir, not I think at this stage. It is important to see how we go on the Burns Report.

Mr. Stonehouse

In view of the great delay in considering this Report, which came out in February, is there not now an urgent need, in view of the Fiji sugar crisis and what is stated in paragraph 246 of the Commission's Report, to revise the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement of 1951 in order to allow Fiji a higher export quota?

Mr. Fraser

I gather that because of the various movements in the world—Cuba, etc.—there is a higher potential for Fijian exports. As to delay, there had to be appropriate consultation with the Fijian local authorities, and that has taken place.

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