HC Deb 24 June 1965 vol 714 cc246-7W
Mr. Harry Howarth

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what plans he has for visits to the smaller island territories.

Mr. Greenwood

It is difficult for Ministers to visit the smaller territories as often as they would wish. I am very anxious, however, to get an up-to-date picture of the position in as many as possible of them. I have therefore invited four teams of Members of Parliament, each consisting of one member of the Conservative and one member of the Labour Party, to visit a number of these territories within the next few weeks as my personal representatives and to report to me. The territories and the names of those who will visit them are as follows:

  1. (i) Turks and Caicos Islands and Cayman Islands—the hon. Members for Coventry, North (Mr. Edelman) and Cheltenham (Mr. Dodds-Parker).
  2. (ii) Solomon Islands, Gilbert and Ellice Islands and New Hebrides—the hon. Members for Oldbury and Halesowen (Mr. Homer) and Maldon (Mr. Brian Harrison).
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  4. (iii) Seychelles—the hon. Members for Holborn and St. Pancras, South (Mrs. Jeger) and Lancaster (Mr. Berkeley).
  5. (iv) St. Helena and Ascension—the hon. Members for Durham, North-West (Mr. Armstrong) and Eye (Sir H. Harrison).