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Windward And Leeward Islands

Volume 649: debated on Monday 13 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is prepared, in principle, to give special financial guarantees in respect of the Windward and Leeward Islands in order to encourage Trinidad to lead a smaller West Indies Federation.

It is intended that early in 1962 discussions will be held to consider various constitutional questions arising from Jamaica's expressed desire to leave the Federation. I do not propose to enter into any commitments, financial or otherwise, in advance of these discussions.