§ 4. Mr. Wall
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the constitutional position in Mauritius, following the publication of the Banwell Report.
§ 12. Mr. Fisher
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the implementation of the Banwell Commission Report on Mauritius, arising out of the visit of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies to the Colony earlier this week.
§ 15. Mr. James Johnson
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement about the visit of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to Mauritius for the purpose of assessing public reaction to the findings of the Ban-well Commission Report.
§ Mr. Frederick Lee
My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State is now discussing the report in Mauritius and it is early yet to think of any statement.
§ Mr. Fisher
Does the right hon. Gentleman think that there is any prospect of compromise within the framework of the Banwell Commission proposals, which he has already accepted in principle? If so, would he consider holding further talks with the leaders of political opinion in Mauritius soon so as to prevent any delay in the independence date?
§ Mr. James Johnson
Is it not a fact that the Mauritius Parliament have formed a coalition Government since the election, of the Labour Party, the Muslim Party and the Independence bloc, who are deeply shocked by the findings of the Commission; further, that the only party in opposition, the Parti Mauricien, which is usually termed the "capitalist bourgeoisie", is delighted? Would my right hon. Friend consider convening a conference in London to look at the whole matter?