Anguilla

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1970.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton 12:00 am, 16th November 1970

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement arising out of the Wooding Commission's Report on St. Kitts and Anguilla.

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

As I stated on 6th November a Senior Official from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been in St. Kitts and in Anguilla to hold preliminary discussions on the Report, with both the Government of St. Kitts and with the Anguillan leaders. My right hon. Friend is considering the Report in the light of those discussions.—[Vol. 805, c. 1424–5.]

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Surbiton

Now that St. Kitts has apparently accepted the Report and Anguilla has rejected it, as I rather feared, could my right hon. Friend give an indication of his own attitude and whether he hopes to be able to use the Report as a basis for discussion between the two sides, perhaps with himself in the chair?

Photo of Mr Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham

I am most anxious to get a satisfactory solution of this problem. I am in close touch with both the Government of St. Kitts and the Anguillan leaders. I should like to have time for fuller discussions before making any comment about the position of Her Majesty's Government.