Grenada

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th February 1974.

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Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon 12:00 am, 5th February 1974

Will the Minister enlarge on his statement so that he can give us a clearer picture of the situation on the island? From all accounts which are reaching hon. Members it is clear that there is a situation of great disturbance and of some danger. We are reassured about the position of United Kingdom citizens, including the Under-Secretary of State. On the other hand, the reports indicate that this Associated State is moving from its present status to independence in a situation of considerable disturbance and, indeed, of acute danger.

Does the Minister recall the profound misgivings which were expressed from both sides of the House when we debated the Termination of Association Order on 11th December, 1973? Will he assure the House that the message of the House on that occasion has been reinforced by his office in representations to the Government of Grenada—namely, that we expect that with the granting of independence there will be the full restoration of civil rights and the rule of law?

Finally, are there any plans to extend aid to the island? If so, will the Government indicate to the recipient Government that we expect in such circumstances, and when we sponsor the island before other agencies, that the Grenada Government will have restored the rights to which I have referred?