HC Deb 06 July 1961 vol 643 cc141-2W
Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the results of the Leeward and Windward Islands constitutional conference.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Leeward and Windward Islands Constitutional Conference, held in the Colonial Office from 19th June-22nd June, agreed upon the changes that would be necessary to the Constitutions of the individual territories on the Federation of the West Indies achieving independence on 31st May, 1962, in accordance with the scheme set out in Cmnd. 1417. Its detailed conclusions will be published in a White Paper as soon as arrangements can be made for simultaneous publication in the West Indies. The Conference accepted that the changes which it recommended should be made at Independence.