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Gilbert Islands

Volume 958: debated on Wednesday 22 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he now intends to call a constitutional conference to make arrangements for the independence of the Gilbert Islands; and which parts of the existing land and sea areas administered by Great Britain from the Gilbert Islands it is envisaged will form part of the new independent country.

A pre-independence constitutional conference for the Gilbert Islands began on 21st November. No decision about the areas which will comprise the territory of the newly independent State was taken before the conference began.