HC Deb 12 December 1957 vol 579 c159W
98. Mr. Russell

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what proportion of the trade of British Honduras, in the last five years, has been with Guatemala and other Central American Republics.

Mr. Profumo

Slightly under 1½ per cent. of the trade over the last five years has been with the Central American Republics, of which half has been with Guatemala.

100. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a further statement on the situation in British Honduras.

Mr. Profumo

I am glad to be able to tell the House that an atmosphere of calm prevails in British Honduras. There have been no demonstrations or disorders. It has not been necessary for the police to use any force whatsoever nor to invoke the aid of the military and naval reinforcements which, purely as a precautionary measure, arrived in Belize last Friday. On the contrary, these reinforcements have met with the friendly reception which is traditional in Belize.

The Governor addressed the Legislative Assembly on Friday on the events leading up to the suspension of my talks with the Delegation. The same afternoon the Governor-in-Council revoked the election of Mr. Price to the Executive Council on the grounds that he had failed to discharge the obligations imposed upon him by his Oath of Allegiance as an Executive Councillor.