HC Deb 21 March 1973 vol 853 cc432-3
21. Mr. R. C. Mitchell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made in the talks relating to constitutional changes for the Bahamas; and if he will make a statement.

Lord Balniel

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend and I told the House on 21st December and 29th January.—[Vol. 848, c. 468–70; Vol. 849, c. 280.]

Mr. Mitchell

What representations has the Minister had from the people living on the island of Abaco, and what reply has he sent?

Lord Balniel

I received representations from certain people from the island of Abaco before the independence conference. I was not able to accede to them. Abaco is an island in the Bahamas with a population of 6,000 out of a total population of 170,000, and it has been administered for the last 200 years as an integral part of the Bahamas. There was a general election which demonstrated a substantial majority in favour of independence and the independence conference was successfully concluded on that basis.

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