HC Deb 04 May 1970 vol 801 c11
4. Mr. Marten

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects the commission studying the Anguillan problem to complete its report; and if the report will be published.

Mr. Foley

Although it is making good progress, the commission has not yet completed its inquiries, and it is, therefore, too early to say when it will be able to submit its report to the British and St. Kitts Governments. Subject to the agreement of the St. Kitts Government, I should expect the commission's report to be published in due course.

Mr. Marten

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that the continued presence of 80 or more British policemen gives the impression that they are remaining in this peaceful island in case the commission recommends that Anguilla should go back under St. Kitts? Will the Minister reassure the House that, whatever the commission decides, the Foreign Secretary's assurance that the islanders will not go back under a régime that they do not like remains?

Mr. Foley

I repeat the assurance that has been given at least five times in the last five months.