HC Deb 16 December 1968 vol 775 cc245-6W
88. Mr. Albu

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who represents British interests in St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla; and when he last visited the islands.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

The British Government representative to the Associated States resident in Castries, St. Lucia, represents British interests in St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla.

He visits the state frequently, the last occasion being on 13th September, 1968.

Mr. Fisher

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has yet received any further communications from the Government of St. Kitts and the representatives of Anguilla with regard to the terms on which the interim solution of their dispute may be extended by mutual agreement, in order to allow further time in which a long-term solution can be negotiated.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Communications have now been received both from Mr. Webster, leader of the Anguillans and from Mr. Bradshaw, Premier of St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla. Mr. Webster's letter reaffirmed the position taken at the London talks. He made a number of proposals, concerning the establishment of an effective judicial system, including the appointment of a magistrate; and he also referred to various other matters which had been under discussion at the talks. Mr. Bradshaw's communication contained comments which he had addressed to Mr. Webster on his proposals; he also invited Her Majesty's Government to recruit a magistrate under the Overseas Service Aid Scheme for service in Nevis and Anguilla; requested an extension of the interim settlement for a further period of six months; and proposed further talks.

A reply has been sent to Mr. Webster drawing his attention to Mr. Bradshaw's comments, expressing Her Majesty's Government's willingness in principle to recruit a magistrate as requested, and urging the desirability of constructive discussion.