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

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 5th February 1974

As the appointed day of the Order in Council is not for another two days, and as under Section 17 of the West Indies Act 1967 we still have the power to revoke or amend the order, is my right hon. Friend satisfied that the Government are accepting their full responsibilities under the West Indies Act? Does he recall that his right hon. Friend in another place, Lady Tweedsmuir, referred specifically to the circumstances of granting independence and said that one such circumstance should be that independence should properly protect the rights of the minority? Is my right hon. Friend certain that we are right to proceed with the granting of independence on the appointed day when we still have two days left to take further action?