HC Deb 19 March 1951 vol 485 c247W
Major Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what date rioting first broke out in Grenada; where the Governor of the Windward Islands was at the time; by what date he returned to his post; by what means; and what was the cause of the delay in his return.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Widespread strikes began on 19th February and acts of intimidation and violence soon followed. The first reports of arson, and of firing by the police, reached me on 24th February and were passed on to the Governor, who was then on leave in Devonshire. He at once decided to terminate his leave and left by air on 2nd March, which was the first opportunity after he received these reports. He arrived in Grenada on 5th March.