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VOL. LXXVIII.


WARD ISLANDS

) GAZETTE.

SRA ORDINARY)

ubliseteb bpg utboritp.

SATURDAY, 15TH JULY, 1950. No. 61.


Notice.


No. 68.
The following Bills which are to
be introduced at the forthcoming
meeting of the General Legislative
Council on Thursday, the 20th July,
1950, are published with this issue of
the Gazette and form part thereof:-
"The Currency Act, 1950."
"The Virgin Islands Constitution
Act, 1950."
"The Leeward Islands (Amend-
ment) Act, 1950."

Colonial Secretary's Office,
Leeward Islands,
at Antigua.
14th Julb, 1950.




























ANTIGUA.
Printed at the Government Printing Office, Leeward Ilalnds, by E. M. BLACKMAN,
Acting Government Printer-By Authority.
1950.


[Price ld.1







No. of 1950. Currency. LaBWAn p
ISLANDS. t






LEEWARD ISLANDS.

No. of 1950.
An Act to implement an Agreement to provide for
a uniform currency in the Eastern Group of
the British Caribbean Territories.
WHEREAS Government currency notes are Preamble.
issued in the Colony of Barbados under the author-
ity of the Government Currency Notes (Barbados)
Act, 1937, in the Colony of British Guiana under 12/1937
the authority of the 'Government Currency Notes
Ordinance, 1937, and in the Colony of Trinidad 14/1937
and Tobago under the authority of the Government Chapter 35,
Currency Notes Ordinance: No. 2
AND WHEREAS, by enactments of the
Colonies of Barbados, British Guiana, and Trinidad
and Tobago, Government currency notes issued in
any one of them are legal tender in all of them for
the payment of any amount:
AND WHEREAS by enactments of the
Colonies of the Leeward Islands and of the Colo-
nies of Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and
Dominica comprising the Windward Islands, Gov-
ernment currency notes issued in the Colony of
Trinidad and Tobago are legal tender in the
Leeward Islands and in the Windward Islands for
the payment of any amount:
AND WHEREAS the Currency Conference
held at Barbados in May, 1946, recommended in
their Report that a unified system of currency
notes and coin for the Eastern Group of the British
Caribbean Colonies, that is to say, Barbados,
British Guiana, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and
Tobago, and Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, and
Dominica comprising the Windward Islands, be
established:



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LEWAnD 2 Currency. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
First Schedule AND WHEREAS the recommendations of
the Currency Conference are embodied in the
Agreement the terms of which are set out in the
First Schedule to this Act:
BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the
Governor and General Legislative Council of the
Leeward Islands as follows:-
short Title.. 1. This Act may be cited the Currency Act,
1950.
Interpreta- 2. In this Act-
tion.
Agreement" means the Agreement set out
in the First Schedule to this Act;
Board means the Board of Commissioners
established in accordance with the terms
of the Agreement;
"coin" means any coin provided, issued or
re-issued under the provisions of this Act;
"currency note" means any note provided,
issued or re-issued under the provisions
of this Act;
Currency Fund means the currency fund
established in accordance with Article 3
of the Agreement;
Income Account means the Currency Fund
Income Account established in accordance
with Article 4 of the Agreement.
Agreement to 3. The provisions of the Agreement made
have the force
of orce law between the Governments of the Colonies of--
(a) Barbados,
(b) British Guiana,
(c) the Leeward Islands,
(d) Trinidad and Tobago,
(e) Grenada, St. Vincent, St. Lucia and
Dominica comprising the Wind-
ward Islands


shall have the force of law as if enacted in this Act.








No. of 1950.


CUrri'ency,


4. (1) On and after the coining into opera.
tion of this Act-in the manner provided in section
14 thereof--

(a) the Board shall, subject to the provi.
sions of this Act, have the sole right, power
and authority to provide, issue and re-issue
currency notes and coin in the Colony;
(b) no banker shall, in so far as such
operation relates to currency notes, issue or
re-issue in the Colony any bank note within
the meaning of the Bank Notes Act.


3


(2) Trinidad Currency Notes issued by the
Government of the Colony of Trinidad and Tobago
under the provisions of the Government Currency ch. 85.
Notes Ordinance, and made legal tender in the
Colony of the Leeward Islands by the- Trinidad 1/1939,
Currency Notes Act, 1939, shall be deemed for
the purposes of this Act to have been issued under
this Act.


5. (1) Currency notes issued under this
Act shall be of the denominations specified in the
Agreement and be of such form and design and
printed from such plates and on such paper and
be authentic; ted in such manner as may from time
-to time be approved by the Secretary of State.
(2) The plates shall be prepared and kept and
the notes printed, authenticated, issued and can-
celled in the manner and in accordance with condi-
tions prescribed by Regulations made under section
12 for the purpose of preventing fraud and
improper use.
(3) Coin issued under this Act shall be of the
denominations and weight and be made of such
metal or metals as are specified in the Second
Schedule to this Act and be of such form and
design as may be prescribed by Regulations made
under section 12 of this Act.
(4) The Governor may, from time to time
after consultation with the Board and with the
approval of the Secretary of State, make Regula-
tions amending the Second 'Schedule to this Act,


Issue and form
of currency
notes and coin.


No. 2.


ISLANDS.
Board to have
sole right to
isaue and re-
issue currency
notes and coin
in the Colony,







Cap. 11.5
1/1943.
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Currency.


No. of 1950.


REWARD
ISLANDS.
Legal tender.


6. (1) Currency notes shall be legal tender
in the Colony for the payment of any amount.

(2) Coin shall, if the coins have not been
illegally dealt with, be legal tender to an amount
not exceeding in the case of coins of a denomina-
tion of not less than twenty cents, ten dollars, and
in the case of coins of a lower denomination, two
dollars.

(3) For the purposes of this Act, a coin shall
be deemed to have been illegally dealt with where
the coin has been impaired, diminished, or lightened
otherwise than by fair wear and tear, or has been
defaced by having any name, word, device or
number stamped or engraved thereon, whether the
coin has or has not been thereby diminished or
lightened.

7. (1) The Board shall issue on demand to
any person desiring to receive currency notes in the
Colony currency notes to the equivalent value (at
the rate of one dollar for four shillings and two
pence) of sums in sterling lodged with the Crown
Agents in London by the said person, and shall
pay on demand through the Crown Agents to any
person desiring to receive sterling in London the
equivalent value calculated as aforesaid of currency
notes lodged with the Board in the Colony by the
said person:
Provided that-
(a) no person shall be entitled to lodge
with the Crown Agents or the Board, as the
case may be, less-than such minimum sum as
may from time to time be prescribed for the
purpose of obtaining currency notes or ster-
ling as the case may be; and
(b) the Board shall be entitled to charge
and levy from any person obtaining currency
notes or sterling commission at such rate or
rates as the Board may think fit not exceeding
three quarters per centum and in addition the
cost of any telegrams sent by the Board or by
the Crown Agents in connection with any
transfer as above described.


Conversion of
currency notes
and coin into
sterling and
vice versa.








No. of 1950. Currency. 5

(2) The Board may, at its option, issue and
receive coin in the same manner and subject to the
same conditions as are mentioned in subsection (1)
of this section for the issue and receipt of currency
notes.


8. Any sum which is required to meet any
deficiency in the Currency Fund or the Income
Account and which the Colony is liable to make
good under the terms of the Agreement shall forth-
with on the demand of the Board be paid under
the warrant of the Governor and such payment
shall be deemed to be a federal charge and shall be
repayable by and apportioned between the Presi-
dencies of the Colony participating in the Surplus
Account referred to in Article 5 of the Agreement
according to the scale prescribed in such Article.

9. The Governor may, after consultation
with the Board, by Proclamation issued with the
approval of the Secretary of State and published
in the Gazette declare that any currency notes or
coin shall cease to be legal tender and provide for
any matters incidental to the calling in and demone-
tization of such notes or coin, and any such Procla-
mation shall have effect as from the date of
publication thereof or from such later date as may
be specified: Provided that the holders of any such
notes or coin shall be entitled at any time after
they have ceased to be legal tender to claim pay-
ment of the face value thereof from the Board.

10. (1) On and after the coming into opera-
tion of this Act in so far as it relates to currency
notes no person shall draw, accept, make or issue
any bill of exchange, promissory note or engage-
ment, for the payment of money payable to bearer
on demand or borrow, owe, or take up any sum or
sums of money on any bill of exchange, promissory
note or engagement, for the payment of money pay-
able only to bearer on demand of any such person:
Provided that-
(a) cheques or drafts payable to bearer on
demand may be drawn on bankers or agents by
their customers or constituents in respect of


LEEWARD
ISLANDS.


Meeting of
deficiencies in
Fund or In-
come Account.










Demontization
of currency
notes and coin.












Bills and notes
payable to
bearer on
demand.








tEEWARD 6 Currency. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
moneys in the hands of these bankers or agents
held by tlem at the disposal of the person
drawing such cheques or drafts; and

(b) bank notes issued before the com-
mencement of this Act by banks duly author-
ized by law so to do shall be exempt from the
operation of this section subject to the provi-
sions of paragraph (b) of section 4 of this Act.

(2) Any person contravening the provisions of
this section shall, notwithstanding anything to the
contrary in any other law, be liable on sumimary
conviction to a fine of two hundred and fifty dollars
or to a fine equal to twice the amount of the bill, note
or engagement in respect whereof the offence is
committed whichever is the greater notwithstanding
that the amount of such fine may be in excess of
the ordinary jurisdiction of a Magistrate's court.

(3) A prosecution under this section shall not
be instituted except by the Board or by an agent
duly authorized by the Board in writing.

Currency Note 11. For the avoidance of doubt it is hereby
under Act. declared that a currency note under this Act is-

(a) within the meaning of the expression
Currericy Notes in section 2 of the Couinter-
29/1937 feit Currency (Convention) Act, 1937 as
1/1938 amended; and

'(b) within the meaning of the expression
Currency Notes in section 2 of the Counter-
9/t941 feit Currency Act, 1941.

Regulations. 12. The Governor may, after consultation
with the Board and with the approval of the
Secretary of State, make RIegulations:-

(a) prescribing anything which by this
Act is to be prescribed; and

(b) generally for the better carrying into
effect of the provisions of this Act.








No. of 1950. Currency. 7 LEEWARD
ISLANDS.
18. Nothing in this Act shall be construed as Saving.
affecting any rights which Barclays Bank (Domi-
nion, Colonial and Overseas), formerly the Colonial
Bank, may have at the commencement of this Act
to issue or re-issue bank notes in the Colony.

14. (1) This Act, in so far as it relates to Commence-
currency notes, shall come into operation on such ment.
date as the Governor shall by proclamation published
in the Gazette appoint.
(2) This Act, in so far as it relates to coin,
shall come into operation on such date as the
Governor shall by Proclamation published in the
Gazette appoint.
15. The Trinidad Currency Notes Act, 1939, Repeal.
is hereby repealed. 1/1939.


President.
Passed the General Legislative Council this
day of 1950.


Clerk of the Council.

FIRST SCHEDULE.

An Agreement made between the Governments of the
Colonies of Barbados, British Guiana, the Leeward Islands,
Trinidad and Tobago, and the Colonies of Grenada, St.
Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica, comprising the Wind-
ward Islands.
Whereas it is desired to constitute a Board of
Commissioners to provide for and control the supply of
currency to the territories administered by the (overn-
ments participating in this Agreement:
It is hereby agreed as follows:-
1. (1) There shall be constituted a Board of Com- Constitution
missioners of Currency to be styled the "Board of of Board of
Commissioners of Currency, British Caribbean Territories of Cmiserscy
(Eastern Group)" (hereinafter referred to as The Board ")
which shall consist oi five members to be appointed by the
Secretary of State, the'Governors of Barbados, British
Guiana, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, and
the Windward Islands, each having the right to nominate
one such member to represent his respective territory.










LEBWARD 8 Currency. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
(2) The Board shall elect one of its number to be
Chairman.
(3) The term of office of the members and the
Chairman shall be three years, subject to their continuing
resident within the territory they respectively represent.
Subject to the foregoing conditions each member shall be
eligible for re-appointment.

(4) In addition to the five members appointed under
paragraph (1) there shall be an Executive Oflicer of the
Board of which he shall be a member with the title of
"Executive Commissioner and the right to vote. The
said Executive Commissioner shall be appointed by the
Secretary of State. He shall be responsible, subject
to the direction of the Board, for all executive matters
connected with the procurement, issue, retirement, distri-
bution and holding of the Board's notes and coin.

(5) The Chairman and members of the Board shall
be paid such remuneration and allowances as may from
time to time be determined by the Secretary of State.
(6) Any duty devolving and any power conferred
on the Board may be discharged or exercised by any
three members, and, in the absence of the Chairman
elected under paragraph (2), members may for the
purpose of any particular meeting elect a chairman ad hoc.
The Chairman shall have an original and a casting vote.
(7) The Board shall establish its headquarters at
Trinidad and offices at such other places as may be
required and may employ such agents, officers, and
persons as may be required.
(8) If any member of the Board is for the time being
unable to act the Governor by whom he has been nomi-
nated may appoint a fit person to act in his place during
such inability.
(9) The Board and its officers and servants shall be
deemed to be public servants for the purpose of the
criminal law in force in the territories of the participating
Governments.

Board to have 2. (1) The Board shall have the sole right to issue
sole right to currency notes and coin in the territories administered
issue currency. by the participating Governments who shall not issue any
such notes or coin nor authorise such issue by other
persons.
(2) The Board shall assume all the liabilities, obliga-
tions and responsibilities of the currency authorities of
Barbados, British Guiana and Trinidad and Tobago with
respect to the Government currency notes which have
been issued and are in circulation on the coming into
force of this Agreement, The said currency authorities









No. of 1950. Currency. 9 LNaWARD
ISLANDS.
shall transfer to the Board sterling in London or invest-
ments out of the existing respective Note Security Funds
to an aggregate market value agreed by the Board to be
the equivalent of the amount of the note liability so
assumed by the Board.
(3) The Governments of Barbados, British Guiana
and Trinidad and Tobago shall take all necessary meas-
ures to demonetize ani facilitate the withdrawal by the
Board of the currency notes issued by their respective
currency authorities and in circulation and shall in due
course repeal the Ordinances under the authority of
which such notes have been issued.
(4) The participating Governments as and when
circumstances permit shall demonetize and procure the
withdrawal and appropriate disposal, under arrangements
with His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom,
of the United Kingdom coin now in current circulation
in the territories administered by them

(5) The notes and coin to be issued by the Board
shall be in the following denominations:-
Notes Coin
100 dollars 50 cents
20 dollars 20 cents
10 dollars 10 cents
5 dollars 5 cents
2 dollars 1 cent
1 dollar j cent

Provided that notes and coins of other denominations
may be issued as required with the approval of the
Secretary of State, such notes and coin to be in dollars at
the rate of 100 cents for each dollar of the value equiva-
lent to four shillings and two pence of sterling in London.

3. (1) The Board shall establish and maintain Currency
a fuid to be called "The Currency Fund" (hereinafter Fund.
referred to as "The Fund ') which shall be held in
London by the Crown Agents for meeting the redemption
of currency and shall not be applied for any other
purposes except as provided in this Agreement.

(2) The sterling in London or investments transferred
to the Board in accordance with Article 2 (2) of this
Agreement shall be held for the account of the Fund
which shall be credited with the amount thereof at the
agreed aggregate market value.

(3) There shall further be paid into the Fund:
(a) all sterling received in exchange for currency
notes or coin.
(b) the proceeds of any transactions under
paragraph (() of this Article, less all expenses
incurred in connection therewith.


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LEEWARD 10 Currency. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS,
(4) The Fund may be invested in sterling securities
of or guaranteed by the Government of any part of the
British Empire (except the participating Governments)
or such other securities, as, with the approval of the
Secretary of State, m:;y be selected by the Crown Agents:
Provided that a proportion of the Fund shall be held
in London in liquid form and such -proportion may be
determined and varied from time to time with the
approval of the Secretary of State by the Board.
(5) The liquid portion of the Fund may be held in
cash or on deposit at the Bank of England or in Treasury
Bills or may be lent out at call or for short terms in such.
ways or invested in such readily realizable securities as
may be approved by the Secretary of State.

(6) Notwithstanding anything in the preceding para-
graphs contained the Board may-

(a) use any coins held for the account of the
Fund for the purpose of having them reminted and
coined into current coin;

(b) pay from the Fund the cost of the purchase
of metal to be minted into current coin; and

(c) sell any coins held for the account of the
Fund provided that the proceeds of any such trans-
actions shall be paid into the Fund.

(7) The value of the Fund for any of the purposes
of this Agreement shall be the current realizable value of
the whole of the assets held in the Fund, investments of
the Fund being valued at the current market price at the
time of valuation.

Currency 4. (1) The Board shall open and maintain an
Fund Income account to be called the "Currency Fund Income
Account. Account" (hereinafter referred to as the "Income
Account") into which shall be paid all dividends,
interest or other revenue derived from investments or
from the employment in any other manner of the moneys
of the Fund and all commissions paid to the Board in
connection with the issue or redemption of currency
notes or coin.
(2) There shall be charged upon the Income
Account-

(a) all the expenses other than the expenses
referred to in Article 3 incurred by the Board and
by the Crown Agents in the preparation, transport,
issue, redemption and demonetization of currency
notes and coin and the transaction of any business
relating thereto;









No. of 1950. Currency. 11 LEEWARD
ISLANDS.
(b) any expenses incurred by the Board for the
protection of the currency against counterfeiting or
forgery of coins or notes; and
(c) a sum equal to one per centum of the value
of the Fund at the end of the year calculated in
accordance with Article 3 (7) of this Agreement
which shall be paid annually into the Fund.

Provided that the Board may with the approval of
the Secretary of State direct that any expenditure of an
exceptional nature may be charged upon the Fund and
not upon the Income Account.

(3) If on the last day in any year there is a surplus
in the Income Account.it shall be paid to the credit of an
account to be called the British Caribbean Territories
(Eastern Group) (Currency Surplus) Account" (herein-
after referred to as the Surplus Account ") to be set up
as provided in Article 5 of this Agreement; but if on the
last day in any year there is a deficiency in the Income
Account it shall be met according to the scale prescribed
in Article 5 (2) from any sums standing to the credit of
the Governments concerned in the Surplus Account or
from moneys to be appropriated and paid from the
revenues of the Governments. If any Government
should default on any payment due under this paragraph,
the amount in default may be recovered from any sub-
sequent payment due to that Government out of the
Surplus Account as provided in Article 5 of this Agree-
ment.

Provided that-
(a) if on the last day in any year the face value
of the currency notes and current coin in circu-
lation exceeds the value of the Fund calculated in
accordance with Article 3 (7) of this Agreement
there shall be paid into the Fund the whole of the
said surplus in the Income Account or such part
thereof as shall make up the monies of the Fund as
aforesaid to an amount equal to the face value of the
currency notes and current coin in circulation; and

(b) if on the last day in any year the value of
the Fund so calculated exceeds one hundred and ten
per centum of the face value of the currency notes
and current coin in circulation the Board may with
the sanction of the Secretary of State direct-

(i) that the whole or part of the excess over one
hundred and ten per centum shall be trans-
ferred from the Fund to the Income
Account; and

(ii) that the annual appropriation out of the
Income Account of the one per centum


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No. of 1950


aforesaid shall be wholly or partially dis-
continued for so long as it shall appear that
the necessity for such annual appropriation
no longer exists.


5. (1) There shall be set up a British Caribbean
Territories (Eastern Group) (Currency Surplus) Account,
into which shall be paid any surplus in the Income
Account arising as provided in Article 4.
(2) The participating Governments shall be entitled
to share in the Surplus Account according to the follow-
ing scale:-


Trinidad and Tobago
British Guiana
Barbados
Leeward Islands:
Antigua
St. Kitts
Montserrat
Windward Islands:
St. Lucia
Dominica
St. Vincent
Grenada


55 per cent.
25 ,
10


100 per cent.


Provided that if, on the expiration of a period of two
years of the quinquennial period commencing from the
first day of January, 1951, a new scale is agreed upon that
new scale should be substituted for the above and shall
remain in force until the end of the quinquennial period;
but provided further that if at the end of any such quin-
quennial period no such agreement is reached the scale
then in force shall continue in operation for the next
quinquennial period.

(3) Each of the participating Governments shall
authorise from time to time the Board to pay out of its
share of the sums standing to the credit of the Surplus
Account its share of such charges in addition to the charges
.referred to in Article 4 of this Agreement as the Govern-
ments may from time to time agree should be so paid.

(4) Any balance remaining in the Surplus Account to
the credit of any participating Government at the end of
any year after the payment of any charges as provided in
paragraph (3) of this Article shall be paid to that Govern-
ment on demand.

6. (1) If the assets of the Fund should at any time
prove inadequate to meet legal demands upon the Board
for the conversion of currency into sterling, each partici-
pating Government shall be liable to meet any deficiency
in the Fund.


tIMWARD
ISLANDS.


British Carib-
bean Territor-
ies (Eastern
Group) (Cur-
rency Surplus)
Account.


Meeting of de-
ficiencies in
the Currency
Fund.


* *----s


Currency.









No. of 1950. Currency. 13 L^WARD
ISLANDS,
(2) If the value of the Fund calculated as provided in
Article 3 (7) shall at any time be less than the face value
of the currency notes and current coin in circulation and
in the opinion of the Secretary of State it shall be necessary
to make up such deficiency in the Fund either wholly or
'partly each participating Government shall be liable for
the sum which in the opinion of the Secretary of State
is required to be paid into the Fund.

(3) Any liability under paragraphs (1) and (2) of this
Article shall be apportioned between the participating
Governments according to the scale prescribed in Article,
5 (2).
(4) Should one or more of the participating Govern-
ments make default in respect of the above imposed obliga-
tion the other participating Governments shall be liable to
make good such default each in the proportion which its
liability as set out in the scale bears to the total liability of
such non-defaulting Governments. Provided that in the
event of a default being so made good any sums due
thereafter to the defaulting Government or Governments
from the Surplus Account shall be paid to the Governments
which have made good such defaults in the like propor-
tions until the amount so made good by them has been
refunded.

7. (1) The Accounts of all transactions of the Board Accounts and
shall be audited once in every year by such persons and in Returns.
accordance with such regulations as the Secretary of State
may prescribe.
(2) An abstract of such accounts shall be as soon as
may be after such audit published in the Gazette of each
participating Government.

(3) The Board shall on the first day of each month
make up and as soon as may be thereafter publish in the
Gazette of each participating Government, an abstract
showing the whole amount of currency notes in circula-
tion on the said day and the average amount in circulation
during the previous month.

(4) The Board shall also publish half yearly in the
Gazette of each participating Government an abstract
showing:-
(a) the amount of the liquid portion of the Fund;
(b) the nominal value and price paid for and the
latest known market price of the securities belonging
to the Fund.

(5) The amount of notes in circulation at a particular
date shall be deemed to be the total nominal amount of
notes issued prior to that date by the Board after de4ueting
the total nominal amount of notes received by the Board
prior to that date.









LEEWARD 14 Currency. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
(6) The said abstracts shall from time to time and at
least once a quarter be verified by a Board of Survey
appointed in accordance with such regulations as the
Secretary of State may prescribe,

Reimburse- 8. The Government of Trinidad and Tobago having
ment of undertaken to advance such funds as may be necessary to
Government
of Trinida repay preliminary expenses and initial expenditure in
and Tobago. connection with'the establishment of the unified currency,
the Board shall reimburse the Government of Trinidad and
Tobago the amount of such advances.
Settlement of 9. Any dispute arising from the interpretation- of
dispute. this Agreement shall be referred to the Secretary of
State whose decision shall be final and binding on all the
Governments concerned,

SECOND SCHEDULE,

Section 5 (3). Coins of the Eastern group of the British Caribbean
territories which are legal tender.

Proportion C
of Dollar coi Composi-
for which on tion.
Tender.
-I'
PART I.

CUPRO-
NICKEL. Grains

-50 Fifty-cent 240 upro
piece nickel

*20 Twenty-cent 96 (Coper
piece Nickel

*10 Ten-cent 48 25%)
piece 1 piece
Sin 40
*05 Five-cent 24
piece

PART II.

BRONZE.

*01 One-cent 87-5
piece
'005 -cBronze
Half-cent 43 75
piece
J J









No. of 1950. Currency. 15 LIxWARD
ISLANDS,
OBJECTS AND REASONS.



The Currency Conference held at Barbados in
May, 1946 recommended, on the terms and condi-
tions set out in their Report, the establishment of
a unified system of currency notes and coin for
Barbados, British Guiana, the Leeward Islands,
Trinidad and Tobago and the Windward Islands.

The recommendations set out in the Report
have been embodied in the Agreement which is in
the First Schedule to this Act.

The object of this Bill is to carry into effect
the report of the Currency Conference.

Clause 14 provides that the Act shall come
into operation on such date as the Governor shall
by proclamation appoint. A proclamation may be
issued in respect of Currency notes only or in
respect of coin only.

J. CONRAD WOODING,
Attorney General.
5th May, 1950.
















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ISLANDS.





LEEWARD ISLANDS.

No. of 1950.

An Act to abrogate the present legislative authority
of, and to provide for the constitution of a
Legislative Council for, the Presidency of the
Virgin Islands.
WHEREAS by section 10 of the Leeward Preamble.
Islands Act, 1871, it is enacted that, subject as is. i5 0 t,
therein mentioned, the Governor with the consent
of the General Legislative Council may make laws
for the Leeward Islands or any part thereof, on,
among other matters, such subjects in respect of
each Presidency as the Island Legislature thereof
may declare to be within the competency of the
General Legislature:
AND \WHERIEAS by the Constitution Ordi. 1/1lO02
nance, 1902, of the Presidency of the Virgin
Islands, it is enacted and declared that the constitu.
tion of the fnid Presidency is a subject within the
legislative competency of the General Legislature:
AND WH EIt1 EAS in pursuance of the said
enactment and declaration the Virgin Islands Act Cap. 82.
was passed whereunder the Legislative Council
then constituted for the Presidency of the Virgin
Islands ceased and determined after the commence-
ment of the said Act and the Governor of the
Leeward Islands was thereunder empowered to
make Ordinances for the peace, order and good
government of the said Presidency:
AND \WHIPEREAS it is expedient that the
constitution of the said Presidency of the Virgin
Islands should now be altered and that a Legisla-
tive Council be constituted for the said Presidency
in manner hereinafter appearing:








LEEWARD 2 Virgin Islands Constitution. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the
Governor and General Legislative Council of the
Leeward Islands as follows:-

Short title, 1. This Act may be cited as the Virgin
Islands Constitution Act, 1950.

Interpreta- 2. (1) In this Act, unless the context other.
tion.
wise requires-
clear income means the gross income re-
ceived by a person for his own use, less
such payments made by him as would be
allowable as deductions-excepting those
allowed in respect of earned income,
residence in the Presidency, British
nationality, a wife, children and life
insurance premiums-in arriving at a
chargeable income under the provisions
of any Income Tax Ordinance, or regula-
tions made thereunder, for the time being
in force in the Presidency;
Commissioner" means the person for the
time being holding the office of Commis-
sioner of the Presidency and includes
every person for the time being acting as
Commissioner in his stead;
"Council" means the Legislative Council of
the Presidency;
dollars" mean dollars in the currency of the
Colony;
election means an election of members to
the Council;
"minister of religion means any clergyman,
minister, priest, or other person who
exercises spiritual functions or performs
the offices of religion for or in respect of
any Christian or other Church, commu-
nity or body within the Presidency;
"Proclamation means a written or printed
notice under the hand of the Governor,
published by his order in the Presidency;








No. of 1950. Tirgin Islands Constitution. 3 LEEWARD
ISLANDS,
( "Presidency" means the Presidency of the
Virgin [slinds in the Colony;
public office means any- office of emolu-
ment in the service of the Crown, or of
a municipal corporation within the Presi-
dency;
registering officer means a person appoint-
ed as such by the Governor in respect of
the registration of voters;
"returning officer" means a person ap-
pointed as such by the Governor in-
respect of any election;
(2) References in this Act to His Majesty's
dominions shall have effect as if they included
references to all British protectorates and British
protected states and to all territories administered
by the Government of any part of His Majesty's
dominions under the trusteeship system of the
United Nations.

S (3) For the purpose of this Act a person shall
not be considered to hold an office of emolument
under the Crown by reason only that he is in
receipt of a pension or other like allowance in
respect of service under the Crown; and if it shall
be declared by any law inr force in, the Presidency
that an office shall not be an office of emolument
- uder the Crown for all or any of the purposes of
this Act, this Act shall have effect accordingly as
if such law were enacted therein.
(4) This Act shall be construed-
(a) as if subsection (1) of section 1 of
the India (Consequential Provision) Act, 1949, 12, 13 & 14
applied to it in the same way as that sub- Geo. .1. 92
section al plies to laws in force on the date
mentioned in that subsection; and
(1)) as if subsection (2) of section 3 of
the British Nationality Act, 1918 (as inter- 11 & 12 Geo. 6.
preted by subsection.(1) of section 3 of the c. a
Ireland Act, 19-l9) and subsection (2)' of 12 & 13 Geo. 6
section 3 of the Ireland Act, 1919, applied c.41
to it as those subsections apply to laws in








LEEWARD
ISLANDS.


Abrogation of
power of Gov-
ernor to legis-
late and con-
stitution of
Legislative
Council.


Composition 4. The Cou-ncil shall be composed of three
of council. official members, two nominated members and four
elected members.
Offcial 5. (1) The official members shall be-
members.
(a) The Commissioner as President.
(b) Two other persons holding office in
the public service of the Colony or the Presi-
dency, appointed by office or by name by His
Majesty by any Instruction or Warrant under
the Royal Sign Manual and Signet, or by the
Governor by Instrument under the Public
Seal of the Presidency in pursuance of instruc-
tions from His Majesty through the Secretary
of State.
Nominated (2) The nominated members shall be such
members. persons not holding public office as may from time
to time be appointed by His Majesty by anj
Instruction or Warrant under the Royal Sign
Manual and Signet, or by the Governor by
Instrument under the Public Seal of the Presi-
dency in pursuance of instructions from His
Majesty through the Secretary of State.
Elected mem- (3) The elected members shall be persons
bears. qualified as hereinafter provided and elected in
manner provided by or in pursuance of any law
enacted under this Act.
Precedence of 6. The members of the Council shall take
members precedence as His Majesty may specially assign and
in default thereof, first the official members accord-
ing to the priority of the Instruments appointing
them to be members or, if appointed by the same


4 Virgin Islands Constitution. No. of 1950.
force at the dates of the commencement of
those Acts respectively.

8. From and after the coming into operation
of this Act, the power vested ini the Governor
to make Ordinances for the peace, order and
good government of the Presidency shall cease
and determine, and there shall b.e in and for the
Presidency a Legislative Council which shall be
constituted in such manner and have such powers
as are hereinafter provided.








No. of 1950. Virgin Islands Constitution. 5
Instrument, according to the order in which they
are named therein; secondly, the nominated and
.elected members according to the respective dates
of the Instruments appointing them or upon which
S they were declared elected, as the case may be.
If as regards two or more members other than
official members such dates coincide, the members
shall take precedence-
(a) in the case of two nominated mem-
bers appointed by the same Instrument, in the
order in which they are named therein;
(b) in the case of two or more elected
members, not having obtained the same
number of votes, according to the number of
votes obtained by each;
(c) in any other case according to the
alphabetical order of their names.

7. The Commissioner may summon to the
Council the person for the time being performing
the functions of head of any Government depart-
ment in the Colony notwithstanding that such
person may not be a member of the Council, when
in the opinion of the Commissioner the business
before the Council renders the presence of such
person desirable. Any person so summoned shall
be entitled to take part in the proceedings of the
Council relating to the matter in respect of which
he was summoned but shall not thereby become
a member of the Council and shall not have the
right to vote in the Council.

8. (1) Whenever the functions of an office,
the holder of which is ex-offcio a member of the
Council, are being lawfully discharged by some
other official member of the Council, whether
appointed by office or by name or whenever
any official member shall be declared by the
Governor by Instrument under the Public Seal
of the Presidency to be incapable of acting as,
a member of the Council, or be suspended from
the exercise of his functions as a member, or be
absent from the Presidency, the Governor may by
Instrument under the Public Seal of the Pree-


LEEWARiU
ISLANIS.


Power to sum-
mon officials to
attend meet-
ings of Coun-
cil.










Provisional
appointment
of official and
nominated
members.








LEEWARD 6 Virgin Islands Constiiutiin. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
idency appoint some other person holding, public
office under the Government of the Colony or the
Presidency to be provisionally. a member of the.
Council to fill the vacancy thereby created in the
number of the official members. Every such
provisional appointment may be disallowed by His
Majesty through the Secretary of State, or may be
revoked by the Governor by any such Instrument
as aforesaid.

(2) Whenever any nominated member of
the Council shall be declared by the Governor-
by Instrument under the Public Seal of
the Presidency to be incapable of acting as,
a member of the Council, or be suspended from
the exercise of his functions as a member or be
absent from the Presidency, the Governor may by
Instrument under the Public Seal of the Presi-
dency appoint some other person to be provisionally
a member of the Council in the place of such
member. Every such provisional appointment may
be disallowed by His Majesty through the Secre.
tary of State, or may be revoked by the Governor
by any such Instrument as aforesaid.

(3) The Governor shall without delay report
to His Majesty through the Secretary of State
every provisional appointment of any person as
a member of the Council.

(4) Every person provisionally appointed shall
be to all intents and purposes a member of the
Council until the next dissolution of the Council
after his appointment or until his appointment shall
be disallowed or revoked or superseded by the
permanent appointment of an officialfmember or
a nominated member of the Council or until the
functions of the office, the holder of which is ex-
officio a member of the Council cease to be dis.
charged as aforesaid or until the person in whose
place lie has been appointed shall be declared by
the Governor by Instrument under the Public
Seal of the Presidency to be capable of acting
as a member of the Council or shall cease to be
suspended or shall return to the Presidency, as the
case may be,






*::

No. of 1950. Virgin Islands Constitution. 7 LEEWARI)
ISLANDS.
9. No person shall be elected as an elected Disqualifica-
S member of the Council who:- ions eoem
bership.
(a) is, by virtue of his own act, under bership.
any acknowledgment of allegiance, obedience
or adherence to a foreign Power or State;
(b) holds, or is acting in, any public
office;
(c) is a minister of religion;
(d) is an undischarged bankrupt, having
been adjudged or otherwise declared bankrupt
under any law in force in any part of His
Majesty's dominions;
(e) has been sentenced by a court in any
part of His Majesty's dominions to death or
to imprisonment (by whatever name called)
for a term exceeding twelve months, and has
not either suffered the punishment to which
he was sentenced or such other punishment
as may by competent authority have been
substituted therefore, or received a free pardon;

(f) is disqualified for membership of
the Council by any law in force in the
Presidency relating to offences connected with
elections;
(g) is not entitled to be registered as a
voter;
(h) does not-

(i) possess a clear income of at least four
hundred and eighty dollars per
annum; or
(ii) own real property in the Presidency
of the value of at least one thousand
four hundred and forty dollars
above all charges and encumbrances
affecting the same; or
(iii) occupy land in the Presidency, as
tenant to another, of rental value of
at least two hundred and forty
dollars per annum.








LEEWARD 8 Virgin Islands Constitution. No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
Tenure of 10. (1) Every official member of the Coun-
office of
members cil appointed by name and every nominated
member of the Council shall hodi his seat in the
Council during His Majesty's pleasure.
(2) Every official member of the Council
appointed by name and every nominated and
elected member of the Council shall in any case
cease to be a member at the next dissolution of the
Council after his appointment or election, or
previously thereto if his seat shall become vacant
under the provisions of this Act.
(3) The seat of an elected member of the
Council shall become vacant-
(a) upon his death;
(b) if, without the leave of the Coummis-
sioner previously obtained, he shall 'be
absent from three consecutive meetings of
the Council;
(c) if he shall take any oath, or make
any declaration or acknowledgment of alle-
giance, obedience or adherence to any
foreign Power or Stake; or do, concur in or
adopt any act done with the intention that
he shall become a subject or citizen of any
foreign Power or State;
(d) if he shall be adjudged or other-
wise be declared bankrupt under any law
in force in any part of His Majesty's
dominions;
(e) if he shall be sentenced by a court
in any part of His Majesty's dominions to
death or imprisonment (by whatever name
called) for a term exceeding twelve months;
(f) if he shall become subject to any
of the disqualifications specified in para-
graphs (b), (c), (f), (g) or (h) of section 9
of this Act.
(4) An official member of the Council
appointed by name or a nominated or elected
member of the Council may by writing under









No. of 1950. Virgin islands Constitution. 9

his hand addressed to the Governor resign his
seat on the Council. The seat of any such offi-
cial member or of a nominated member shall
become vacant upon the acceptance of his resig-
nation by the Governor, and the seat of an
elected member shall become vacant upon the
receipt of his resignation by the Governor.
(5) Any person whose seat in the Council
has become vacant may, if qualified, again he
appointed or elected as a nmenmber of the Council
from time to time.

11. The Council shall not be disqualified for
the transaction of business by reason of any
vacancy or vacancies 'unong the official, nominated,
or elected member,, and any proceedings therein
shall be valid notwithstanding that some person,
who was not entitled to do so, sat or voted in the
Council or otherwise took part in the proceedings.

12. No member of the Council, who has not
already subscribed to the Oath of Allegiance in
respect of the office which he holds, hall sit or
vote therein until le shall have taken and sub-
scribed the following oath before the Governor or
some person authorized by the Governor to
administer such oath:-
I, A.B., do swear that I will be faithful
and beart true allegiance to His Majesty King
George the Sixth, His Heirs and Successors
according to law. So help me God I".

Provided that any person may make an
affirmation in like terms instead of the said oath.

13. (1) The Governor may, by Instru-
ment under the Public Seal of the Presidency,
suspend an official or nominated member from the
exercise of his functions as a member of the Council.
Every such suspension shall be forthwith reported
by the Governor to His Majesty through the
Secretary of State, and shall remain in force unless
and until either it shall be removed by the Gover-
nor by Instrument under the said Seal or it
shall be disallowed by His Majesty through the
Secretary of State and such removal or disallowance
shall be published in the Gazette.


LEEWARD
ISLANDS.


Vacancies
amongst
members not
to prevent
transaction of
business.



Oath of
Allegiance to
-e taken by
members.


Suspension
etc. of official
or nominated
members.









LEEWARD
ISLANDS.


Duration of 15. The Governor shall dissolve the Council
Council. at the expiration of three years from the date of
the return of the first writs at the last preceding
general election, if it shall not have been sooner
dissolved.


16. Every person who, having been returned
as. an elected member of the Council, but not
having been at the time of his election qualified to
be an elected member, sits or votes in the Council,
shall for every day on which he sits or votes, and
every person who sits or votes in the Council after
his seat has become vacant, shall for every day on
which he sits or votes after his seat has become
vacant, be liable to a penalty of ninety-six dollars
to be recoverable by action in the Supreme Court
at the suit of the Attorney General.

17. Every person who-

(a) has attained the age of twenty-one
years; and
(b) is not a lunatic so found under any
law in force in the Presidency; and
(c) is a British subject: and
(d) has resided in. the Presidency for
twelve months immediately preceding the date
of registration or is domiciled in the Presi-
dency and is resident therein at the date of
such registration; and


10 Virgin Islands Constitution. No. of 1950.

(2) The Governor may, by Instrument under
the Public Seal of the Presidency, declare an official
member appointed by name or a nominated mem-
ber of the Council tu be, by reason of illness, tempo-
rarily incapable of discharging his functions as
a member of the Council, and thereupon such
member shall not sit or vote in the Council until
lie is declared, in manner aforesaid, again to be
capable of discharging his said functions.

14. The Governor may, at any time, by
Proclamation, summon, prorogue or dissolve the
Council.


Governor may
summon
prorogue or
dissolve Coun-
cil.


Penalty for
unqualified
persons sitting
or voting.









Qualification
of voters.








No. of 1950. Tirqmn Inlands Constitution. 11 LEEWARD
ISLANDS.
(e) is not disquCalified frmi being regis-
tered as a voter by any law in force in the
Presidency relating to offences connected with
elections,
shall be entitled to be registered as a voter and
when registered, to vote at the election of members
of the Council:
Provided that-
Firstly, no person shall be registered as a
voter or be entitled to vote for the election of a
member of the Council who has been convicted of
perjury in any Court in His Majesty's dominions
or in any territory under His Majesty's protection,
or who has been sentenced by any such Court to
death, or penal servitude, -or imprisonment for a
term exceeding twelve months, and has not either
suffered the punishment to which he was sentenced
or such other punishment as by competent
authority may have been substituted for the same
or received a free pardon from His Majesty; and
,Secondly, no person shall be registered as a
voter who has within twelve months immediately
preceding the first day of January in any year in
which a register of voters is prepared, received any
relief from public funds- except such special relief
as may be declared by the Governor by Proclama-
Stion in the Gazette not to be relief for the purposes
of this proviso; and
Thirdly, no person shall be registered as
a voter unless he shall with his own hand have
subscribed his name to his claim to be registered
and written-thereon the date of such subscription,
or, if he is incapacitated by blindness or any other
physical cause from so doing, such subscription and
writing shall be performed on his behalf by the
registering officer.
18. A general election shall be held at such General
time, within two months after every dissolution of Elections.
the Council, as the Governor shall by Proclamation
appoint:
Provided that the first general election after
the coming into operation of this Act shall be held









tEEWARD 12 Firgin Islands Constitution. No. -of 1950.
ISLANDS.
on such date as the Commissioner shall by Procla-
ination appoint.
Meetings of 19. There shall be at least one meeting of
council. the Council in every year, and there shall not be
an interval of more than twelve "months between
any two consecutive meetings thereof.
Person to 20. The Commissioner, or in his absence
preside over
meetings. any member of the Council appointed in writing
by him, or in default of such appointment, the
member present who shall stand first in order of
precedence, shall preside at every meeting of the
Council.
Voting.
21. Subject to the provisions of this Act, all
questions brought before the Council shall be
decided by a majority of the votes of the members
present and voting, and the Commissioner shall
have a casting vote if the votes be equally divided,
but shall not have an original vote.
In the absence of the Commissioner from the
Council, the member presiding shall haye an
original vote, and also a casting vote if the votes
are equally divided.
Quorum. 22. No business except that of adjournment
shall be transacted in the Council if objection is
taken by any member present that there are less
than five members present besides the President or
other member presiding.

Standing 23. (1) Subject to the provisions of this
Order. Act and of any *Instructions under His Majesty's
Sign Manual and Signet, the Council may from
time to time make, amntnd and revoke Standing
Orders for the regulation and orderly conduct of.
its own proceedings and the despatch of business,
and for the passing, intituling and iun'~l oriiig of
Bills, and for the presentation thereof to the
Governor for assent.

(2) The first Standing Orders of the Council
shall be made by the Governor and may be amended
or revoked by the Council under sub-section (1)
of this section.








No. of 1950. Virgin Islands (Constituliou. 13 LEEWARD
ISLANDS.
24. It shall be competent for any member Question.eto.,
of the.Council to propose any question for debate for debate.
therein; and such question, if seconded by any
other member, shall be debated and disposed of
according to the Standing O()rders:
Provided that-
(i) no Ordinance, vote, resolution or
question, the object or effect of
which may be to dispose of or charge
any part of His Majesty's revenue
arising within the Presidency, or to
revoke, alter or vary any such dis-
position or charge, shall be proposed,
except by the Commissioner or with
his consent; and
(ii) no vote, resolution or question, the
object or effect of which may be to
suspend the Standing Orders of the
Council, shall be proposed except
by the Commissioner or with his
consent.
25. It shall be lawful for the Governor, Power of
with the advice and consent of the Council, to make Council.
laws for the peace, order and good government of
a the Presidency.
26. If the Governor shall consider that it is Powere of
e xpedient- Governor.
(a) in the interest of public faith or of
. good government (which expression shall,
without prejudice to their generality, include
the responsibility of the Presidency as a com-
ponent part of the British Empire, and all
matters pertaining to appointment, salary and
other conditions of service of any public officer
or officers); or
(b) to secure detailed control of the
finances of the' Presidency during such time
as, by virtue of receipt of financial assistance
by the Presidency from His Majesty's
Exchequer for the purpose- of balancing the
Annual budget or otherwise, such control rests
with His Majesty's Government;








ID


Virgin Islands Constitution. No. of 1950.


LEEWARD
ISLANDS















Agsent to bi


Disallowances 28. When the Governor assents to a bill,
of Ordinances. he shall by the first convenient opportunity send
an authentic copy of the Ordinance to the Secretary
of State, and it shall be lawful for His Majesty, at
any time within eighteen months after such copy is
received by the Secretary of State, to notify the
Governor of his disallowance of such Ordinance,
and every such Ordinance shall cease to have effect
from the date upon which the Governor shall
signify such disallowance by message to the Coun-
cil, or a date to be named by Proclamation, and
thereupon any enactment repealed or amended
by, or in pursuance of, the Ordinance disallowed
shall have effect as if such Ordinance had not
been made. Subject as aoresaid, the provisions
of subsection (4) of section 6 of the Interpreta-
1/1899. tion of Laws Ordinance, 189S, of the Presidency,
shall apply to such disallowance as they apply
to the repeal of an Ordinance.


that any bill introduced, or any motion, resolution
or vote proposed for decision, in the Council should
have effect, then if the Council fail to pass such
bill, motion, resolution or vote within such time as
the Governor may think reas.o,'able and expedient,
the Governor, at any time within his discretion,
may, notwithstanding any provisions of any law of
the Colony or Presidency or of any Standing
Orders of the Council, declare that such bill, motion,
resolution or vote shall have effect, and there-
upon the same shall have effect as if it had been
passed by the Council, and in the case of any such
bill, the provisions of this Act as to assent to
-bills and disallowance of Ordinances shall apply
accordingly.
11s. 27. When .a bill has been passed by the
Council the Governor shall declare according to his
discretion, but subject to any Instructions addressed
to him under the Royal Sign Manual and Signet
or through the Secretary of State, either that he
assents thereto, that he refuses assent thereto or
that he reserves the same for signification of His
Majesty's pleasure thereon. If the Governor
assents, the bill shall be signed by him or by the
Commissioner in token of such assent.


:.j








No. of 1950. Virgin islands Contsitution. 15 LEEWARD
ISLAND DS.
S 29. A bill reserved for the signification of Reserved Bills.
His Majesty's pleasure shall take effect as soon as
His Majesty has given his assent to the same by
Order in Council, or through a Secretary of State,
and the Governor has signified such assent by
message to the Council or by Proclamation.

30. For the purpose of the election of mem- Electoral Dis-
bers of the Council the Presidency shall form one trict.
electoral district.
31. Subject to the provisions of this Act, Lawsasto
provision may be made, hy or in pursuance of any elections, &o.
law enacted under this Act, for the election of
elected members of the Council including (without
prejudice to the generality of the foregoing power)
the following matters, that is to say:-

(a) the registration of voters;
S (b) the ascertainment of the qualifications
of voters and of candidates for election;
(c) the holding of elections;
(d) the determination of all questions
which may arise as to the right of any person
to be or remain a member of the Council;
(e) the definition and trial of offences
relating to the elections and the imposition of
penalties therefore, including disqualification
for membership of the Council, or for regis-
tration as a voter, or for voting at elections,
of any person concerned in any such offence.

32. (1) At any time before the coming Provisions
into operation of this Act the Governor may, by "ceessty to
Y give effect to
Ordinance made for the Presidency, make such this Act.
provision as appears to him to be necessary or
expedient for giving effect to the provisions of
this Act and in particular and without prejudice
to the generality of the foregoing power may
make provision for all or any of the matters
specified in section 81 uf this Act.
(2) This section shall come into operation
forthwith.








LEEWARD 16 Virgin Islands Constitution. No. of 1950,
ISLANDS.
Repeal, 88. The Virgin Islands Act is hereby
ap. 82. repealed.
Commence- 34. This Act shall, save as otherwise ex-
men. pressly provided in this Act, come into operation
on such day as the Governor nmy appoint by Proc-
lamation published in the Gazette.


President.
Passed the General Legislative Council this
day of 1950.

Clerk of the Council.


OBJECTS AND REASONS.

Under the provisions of section 10 of the
Leeward Islands Act, 1871, the Governor with the
consent of the General Legislative Council is
empowered to make laws for the Leeward Islands
or any part thereof on certain specified subjects and
on such other subjects in respect of each Presidency
as the Island legislature thereof may declare to be
within the competency of the General Legislathre.
2. The Constitution Ordinance, 1902,
(No.1/1902) of the Virgin Islands passed in the
Virgin Islands Legislative Council on the 10th
February, 1902 and assented to by the Governor
on the 17th February, 1902 gave power to the
Gerieral Legislative Council to make Ilws in
respect of the constitution of the Virgin Islands.
3. Under the Virgin Islands Act (C:p. 82)
which came into operation on 12th July, 1902, the
Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands 'and
all functions and privileges thereof ceased and
determined on the coming into operation of the
said Act and power was, given to the Governor to
legislate for the Virgin Islands subject, however,
to the provisions of the Leewi:rd Islands Act, 1871
and of any -Acts amending the Leeward Islands
Act from time to time.
4. The main object of this Bill is to abrogate
the present legislative authority 9f, and provide








No. of 1950 Virgin Islands Constztution. 17 LEEWARD
ISLANDS.
for the constitution of a Legislative Council for, SLADS.
the Virgin Islands.
5. Under this Bill which is based on certain
sections of the Montserrat Constitution Ordinance,
1936 (No. 16/1936) a Legislative Council will be
constituted comprising three official members two
nominated members and four elected members.
6. The right to vote at the election of mem-
bers to the said Council is exercisable by every
British subject resident in the Virgin Islands,
other than persons of unsound mind, who has
attained the age of twenty-one years provided that
he is able to subscribe his name to his claim to be
registered as a voter. Every such voter, other
than ministers of religion and holders of public
office, shall be qualified to be elected as a member
of the Council, provided that he has one of the
following additional qualifications:-
(a) possesses clear income of at least
$480.00 per annum;
(b) owns real property in the Presidency
of the value of at least $1440.00 above all
-charges and encumbrances affecting such
property;
(c) occupies land in the Presidency as
tenant to another of rental value of at least
$240.00 per annum.
7. The whole of the Presidency of the
Virgin Islands shall be one electoral district for the
purpose of the election of members to the Council.
8. The pattern of the Council follows that
of the Montserrat Legislative Council.
9. The provisions of this Bill follow the
recommendations of the Virgin Islands Constitu-
tion Committee appointed by His Excellency the
Governor to advise on the constitution of the
proposed Legislative Council to be established for
the Presidency of the Virgin Islands.
J. CONRAD WOODING,
Attorney General.
28th February, 1950.
ANTIGUA.
Printed at the Government Printing Office, Leeward Islands
by E. M. BLACKMAN, Acting Government Printer.--By Authority.
1950.


[Price 5d.]


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No. of 1950. Leeward Islands (Amendment).


LEEWARD ISLANDS.


No.


of 1950.


An Act to amend further the Leeward Islands Act,
1871, and to provide for the addition of the
name of Anguilla to the title of the Presidency
of Saint Christopher and Nevis.
BE IT ENACTED by the Governor and
General Legislative Council of the Leeward Islands
as follows:-
1. This Act may be cited as the Leeward
Islands Amendment Act, 1950, and the Leeward
Islands Act, 1871, (hereinafter called "the Princi-
pal Act") and the Acts heretofore amending the
the Principal Act and this Act may be cited
together as the Leeward Islands Acts, 1871 to
1950.
2. Section 6 of the Principal Act is hereby
amended by the substitution of the words nine
elective and nine official members" for the words
"eight elective and eight official members ".
3. Section 7 of the Principal Act is hereby
amended by the deletion of the words "and two
from among the unofficial members of the Island
Council of Montserrat" and the substitution there-
for of the words "two from among the unofficial
members of the Island Council of MAontserrat and
,one from among the unofficial members of the
Island Council of the Virgin Islands ".
4. Section 8 of the Principal Act is hereby
amended as follows:-
(i) by the deletion of the word and "
immediately before the words "the
person for the time being lawfully
performing the duties of Federal
Treasurer";


LEEWARD
ISLANDS.


Short title,
34 & 85 Vict,
c. 107.





Amendment
of section 6 of
the Principal
Act.

Amendment
of section 7 of
the Principal
Act.





Amendment
of section 8 of
the Principal
Act.









LEEWARD 2 Leeward Islands (Amendment). No. of 1950.
ISLANDS.
(ii) by the insertion, between the words
Federal Treasurer and the imme-
diately following full-stop, of the
following words: "and a person
holding office under the Government
of the Colony of the Leeward Is-
lands who shall be appointed by the
Governor "; and

(iii) by the substitution of the words
nine for the word eight" in the
second proviso thereto.


5.
repealed.


6.
amended
cial ".


Section 9 of the Principal Act is hereby



Section 20 of the Principal Act is hereby
by the deletion of the words or unoffi-


7. Wherever in the Principal Act or in any
Federal Act now in force or in any subsidiary
legislation made under the provisions of the Princi-
pal Act or any Federal Act now in force, the words
" Saint Christopher and Nevis or St. Christo-
pher and Nevis as the case may be, appear, there
shall be substituted therefore the words "Saint
Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla" or St. Christo-
pher, Nevis and Anguilla" as the case may be.

8. The Saint Christopher and Nevis (Change
of Title) Act, 1949, is hereby repealed.

9. This Act shall come into operation on
such day as the Governor may appoint by procla-
mation published in the Gazette.



President.

Passed the General Legislative Council this
day of 1950.


Clerk of the Council.


Repeal of
section 9 of
the Principal
Act.

Amendment
of section 20
of the Princi-
pal Act.


Substitution
of Presidential
title.








Repeal.
7/1949.

Commence-
ment.








No. of 1950. Leeward Islands (Amendment). 3 LEEWARD
ISLANDS.
OBJECTS AND REASONS.


The object of this Bill is to amend the Leeward Islands
Act, 1871, in the following respects:-
(a) To allow the General Legislative Council to be
composed of nine elective and nine official members
instead of eight elective and eight official members.
(6) To allow one of such elective members to be
taken from the unofficial members of the Island Coun-
cil of the Virgin Islands.
(c) To allow one of such official members to be
a person holding office under the Government of the
Colony who shall be appointed by the Governor.
S(d) To delete section 9 which provides for the
appointment by the Governor of two additional mem-
bers (one unofficial and one official) to General Legis-
lative Council-one being a person resident in the
Virgin Islands, the other being a Federal Officer.

(e) To substitute for the title Saint Christopher and
Nevis" or St. Christopher and Nevis" wherever they
occur in the Leeward Islands Act or in any Federal Act
or subsidiary legislation the title Saint Christopher, Nevis
and Anguilla" or "St. Christopher, Nevis and Anguilla"
as the case may be.
2. Consequential amendments have been made to
section 20.
J. CONRAD WOODING,
Attorney General.

14th July, 1950.






ANTIGUA.
Printed at the Government Printing Offie, Leeward Island,
by E. M. BLACKMAN, Acting Government Printer.-By Authority.
1950.


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