§ Mr. Chapman
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that the opposition Labour Party in Kingstown, St. Vincent, has been banned by the territorial Government from holding its traditional May Day meeting this year; and what action he proposes to take to have this ban removed and the traditional right of free assembly restored.
§ Mr. Greenwood
The Labour Party sought permission to hold a procession in Kingstown. This was not given, but permission was given for the procession to follow a route outside Kingstown. The reason for this is that the People's Political Party had earlier submitted an application to hold a procession in Kingstown on this day which had been approved. The Chief of Police considers there is danger of a breach of public order if both parties hold processions within the town on the same day.