Constitutional Conference

Oral Answers to Questions — Hong Kong – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th June 1966.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton 12:00 am, 30th June 1966

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the constitutional conference on Barbados.

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

The conference is still in progress. I hope to be able to make a statement next week.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton

Will the right hon. Gentleman say whether he favours elections before independence or after independence, bearing in mind that elections are due very shortly in the Colony anyway, as he knows, and that this is a very controversial point both in Barbados at present and, I understand, at his own constitutional conference?

Photo of Mr Frederick Lee Mr Frederick Lee , Newton

It is a point which has not escaped the attention of delegates at the conference. I would not at this stage like to add anything which might make the conference more difficult to pursue.