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Anglo-American Caribbean Commission

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that President Roosevelt recently appointed a coloured American judge and two natives of Porto Rico to serve on the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission; and whether he will consider appointing qualified West Indians to represent the Colonial Office on the Commission?

No, Sir. No such appointments have been made by President Roosevelt to the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission. As regards the last part of the Question, I have nothing to add to the reply given to a Question by the hon. Member for Shipley (Mr. Creech Jones) on 3rd June, 1942.

Has the Minister noticed the reports in the West Indian Press that such appointments have been recommended by President Roosevelt? In view of the fact that the British Commission concerns the West Indies, ought not West Indians to have consideration?

I think the hon. Gentleman is quite wrong. He must have muddled up this matter with appointments by President Roosevelt to serve on his Caribbean Advisory Committee, which has no connection whatsoever with the Anglo-American Caribbean Commission.