Oral Answers to Questions — West Indies (Federation Proposals)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can report any progress in the policy of establishing a customs union, or federation of the West Indies.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South

The Customs Union Commission has been at work since January, and the Standing Closer Association Committee has held three meetings. I understand that these bodies hope to report in October.

Photo of Mr Thomas Reid Mr Thomas Reid , Swindon

Is there any chance of an official decision being reached on this matter when the Minister of State for Colonial Affairs, Lord Listowel, goes to the West Indies next November?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South

I have no doubt that this matter will be one of the things discussed at the meeting.