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New Hebrides

Volume 934: debated on Thursday 30 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress made to date, between the British and French High Commissioners and the representatives of political parties in the New Hebrides, in working out a satisfactory pattern for independence and the future government and administration of these territories.

In the light of the discussions which the British and French High Commissioners had with political leaders during their visit to the New Hebrides in March, it was decided that the Assembly should be suspended. A Provisional Council has been established to assist the Resident Commissioners until a new Assembly can be elected. Proposals for the structure of central and local government and for a unified public service are being discussed with the Provisional Council and the political parties. A ministerial conference is to take place in Paris from 19th to 21st July to discuss constitutional questions with representatives of the New Hebridean parties.