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Title: Saint Vincent government gazette
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Publication Date: March 13, 1956
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    Ordinance No. 5 of 1956: An Ordinance to amend the Promissory Oaths Act, Cap. 135
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    Ordinance No. 6 of 1956: An Ordinance further to amend the Interpretation Ordinance (Cap. 72)
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    Bill for an Ordinance further to amend the Medical Registration Ordinance
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    Bill for an Ordinance to amend the Registration of United Kingdom Patents Ordinance and to repeal the Registration of United Kingdom Patents (Amendment) Ordinance, 1933
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    Bill for an Ordinance further to amend the Supreme Court Ordinance, 1941
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    Bill for an Ordinance further to amend the Public Health Services Arbitration Ordinance, 1952
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    Bill for an Ordinance to provide for the establishment of employment exchanges and for purposes connected therewith
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    Minutes of the Meeting of the Legislative Council held on the 2nd February, 1956
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    The Report of the Conference on British Caribbean Federation, February, 1956
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published bYn uthorit.

Vol. 89.] SAINT VINC4ENI'. TUESDAY, 13 M-ARCH. 1956

[No 16.

GOVERNMENT NOTICES. effect from 10th March, 1956, and until
the dates indicated below:-

No. 97.

His Excellency the (Go\ernor has been I
pleased to aplpriove of ( the following
appointments with effect from 10th
March, 1956:-
(1) Mr. A. V. SPROTT, Public Relit-
tions Officer, ias Priucip il Assis-
tant Secretary to the Ministry
for Social Services.
(2) Mr. G. 0. H. THOMAS, Distric;
Officer Southern Grenadines as
Principal Assistant Secret:;ry tot
the Ministry for Coii min nications
and Works.
(3) Mr. H. H. WILLIAMS, B.A.,
Administrative Assistant. Gov-
ernment Office. Princij,al Assis-
tant Secretary to the Ministry
for Trade and P'roduction.
(P, F's. 97, 309, 1,34)
t3th March, 1956.
No. 98.
Under the provisions of Swction 5 of
the Public Service Comntission Ordin-
ance. 1956 (No. 2 of 1956) and of Rilo 3
of the Public Service Co'aiitission Rg--
ulations, 1956 (S.R. & 0. 1956. No. 10),
the Governor has b-i,, ,,leasd to ap-
point the undermnentionedi persons to
the Public Service (o.ilinnission with

I. C. P. BRYAN, Esq., M.B.E.,
Chairman (to 31st December,
C. V. D. HADLEY, Esq., B.Sc., (to
30th September, 1956),
V. D. ARCHER, Esq., (to 31st De-
cemb, r, ly57),
The Venerable Archdeacon R. S.
MAXWELL, M.A., B.Sc., (to 31st
December, 1957),
Secretary : The Assistant Adlmin-
istrator & Estaiblish-
mewn Officer.
(A. 40/1949 (A)).
13th March, 1956.
No. 99.
Mr. ('TTHBERT L. JOHN. as ;a noni-
ni;teid member of the Chateanl.lair
T'owi Boiiri rice Revd. Ross FOWKES
who h:ls resigned with effect from Ist
A pril, 1956.
13th M:irch, 1956.
(A. 9/1949).
N ,. 10U.
iMr. FLORP, SIMMONS. :iS a nominated
member of tilhe Bequia District Coincit
v Micr Mr. .IAPHETH HAZELL wh'o hiS
resigun);,d within effect !'rr.m 8th March.:

3 ~

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68 SAINT VINCENT. TUESDAY, 13 MARCH, 1956.-(No. 16).

In the absence due to ill-health of
Mr. CYRIL MITCHELL, Chairman, Mr.
SIMMONS has been appointed Deputy
13th March, 1956.

No. 101.

His Honour the Administrator has
approved of the following transfers
in the Agricultural Department with
effect from 1st February, 1956.
(a) Mr. R. E. LOCKHART, Agricultural
Assistant, (Extension Division) to
the post of Agricultural Assistant
(Agronomy) (uamden Park Experi-
ment Station.
(b) Mr. R. I. MORRIS, Agricultiral
Assistant (Agronomy) Cam den
Park Experiment Station, to the
post of Agricultural Assista nt
(Extension Division).
(P.F's. 326, 331).
13th March, 1956.

No. 102.

The Honourable B. F. DIAS, Acting
Crown Attorney. who recently visited
London as Adviser to the St. Vincent
Delegate to the Federation Conference
returned to the Colony on February
23th and resumed duty on February,
29th. c-,-- rI
13th March, 1956.
(P.F. 744).

No. 103.
With reference to Gazptt. Notice No.
401 of 6th Septemher, 1955, Mr. T. V.
YOUNG, Public Assistance and Probation
Officer. resumed duty with effect from
1st March, 1956, after having been
granted an extension of two months
vacation leave with effect from 1st
January, 1956.
13th March, 1956.
(P.F 545'.

No. 104.


, Miss K. MARSHALL, Junior Clerk,
Education Department. has been grant-
ed four (4) months' vacation leave with
effect from 5th March, 1956.
13th March, 1956.
(P.F. 406).

No. 105.

The St. Vincent Island Scholarship
for the year 1955 has been awarded to
Miss I. F. L, B. COX of the St. Vincent
Girls' High School.
13th March, 1956.
(E. 4/1956).

No. 106.

The Report of the Commission of
Enquiry into Wages and other condi-
tions of employment of Agricultural
Workers in St. Vincent is now available
for examination by members of the
public. Government considers that all
concerned should now be given an op-
p)ortunity of snild ying the arguments
;ind conclusions of the Conmmission but
it n mst he stressed that these are as yet
purely tlhe recommendations of the
Commission and Government has not
committed itself to accept them.
Government is continuing to consider
its attitude towards the recommenda-
tions of the Report, and any representa-
tions that laborers, employers or orga-
nisations cart to make will also be
It is regretted that only a few copies
of the report are available but some
will he circulated an, one kept for
st ud y by members of the public in Gov-
ernment Office. Further copies will be
available as soon as the report has been
13th March, 1956.

No. 107.

The under-mentioned Ordinances
which have been assented to by His
Excellency the Governor are published
for general information with this issue
of the Gazette:-
No. 5 of 1956.-An Ordinance to
amend the Promissory Oaths Act,
Cap. 135.
(A. 27/1952).
No. 6 of 1956.-An Ordinance fur-
ther to amend the Interpretation
Ordinance (Cap. 72).
(J 1/1956).
13th March. 1956.

No. 108.
The under-mentioned Bills aie pub-
lished with this issue of the Gazette and

SAINT \'INClNT, TUESDAY, 13 MARCH, 1956.-. No. 16). 69

may be seen at the Government Office,
Kingstown Library. District Post Offices,
Police Stations, and at all 1eveiues
Bill for an Ordinance further to
amend the Medical Registration
(M. 38/1948).

Bill for an Ordinance to amend th.
Registration of United King.loim
Patents Ordinance and to reptal
the Registration of United King-
dom Patents (Amendment) Or-
dinance, 1933.
(J. 16/1950).

Bill for an Ordinance further to
amend the Supreme Court Ordiin-
annce 1941.
(J. 8/1945).

Bill for an Ordinance further to
amund the Public Utility Under-
takings and Public H-alth Ser-
vices Arbitration Ordinance, 1952.
(J. 9/1950).

Bill for an Ordinance to provide for
the establishment of Employment
Exchanges and for purposes con-
nected therewith.
(F. 9/1955).
13th March, 1956.

No. 109.

Copies of Minutes of the Mr-etig of
the Legislative Council held on the 2nd
February, 1956, which may be seen at
the Government Office, Kingstown
Library, and at all Revenue Offices are
published with this issue of the Gazette.
13th March. 1956.

No. 110.
The Report of the Conference en
British Caribbean Federation, February,
1956, is published with this issue of the
13th March. 1956.

No. 83.

Applications are invited for thle post
of Commissioner for Agriculture, Dom-
inica, Windward Islands. Particulars
of the post are as follows:-
Appointment: The appointment will
be for a period of three years, ter-
minable by three months notice
on either side. The post is not
pensionable. Pension contribu-
tion will be paid in the event of

Salary: The salary is at the rate of
$7,200 (1,500) per annum.
Allowances: Transport and subsii-
tence allowance are pa3aitle in
accordance with local regulations
in respect of approved travel on
duty. At prestiet a basic allow-
ance at the rate of $300 per annium
is paid in respect of a motor car
plus a mileage allowance of 12c.
per mile.
Quarters : Free quarters ar, not pro-
viled. Should Government quar-
ters become avail:alde at any time
rental would be charged at the
rate of 10% of salary or 5% of
the assessed value of the quarters,
whichever is less. Suitable accom-
modation can be oiliainied at rental
of about 15% of office, r's salary.
Passages: Free passages to Dominica
will be provided on firs: appoint-
ment for the officer, his wife and
children, not exceediii.g five per-
sons in all. Children to be under
18 years of age, unmarried and
dependent on the officer.
Duties: The officer will be respon-
sible for the Administration of
the Agricultural Department and
for tlie planning and execution
of the agricultural development
programme as well as the gen-
eral supervision of all aspects of
the Department's work. He will
be required to perform the statu-
tory functions now vested in the
Agricultural Superintendent, in-
cluding membership of the Board
of Management of the Banana
Association and of the Lenf Spot
Control Board.
Leave: At the end of his term of
service the officer will be eligible
for vacation leave at the rate
of one week for each completed
period of 3 months service.
General: The officer will lie liable
to all taxation imi)ns'ed by local
enactments. He will also be suh-
ject to Colonial Regulations and
to General Orders an'd subsidiary
legislation in ferce for the time
Applications giving full particulirs
of applicants, experience and qualifies
tions, and accompanied by two testi-
monials. which would not be returned.
should lie addressed to the Chief See-
retary. Windward Islands, Grenada. :nd .
should reach him not later than the At st
March, 17956.
28th ,Fbruary, 1956.
By Comniand,
Acting Government ,S'oretary,
13th March, 1956.

70 6AINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MARCH. 1956.-(No. 16).



Notice is her.-by given that in accord-
ance with Section 25 of the Local Gov-
ernment Ordinance, No. 17 of 1951 the
Clerk will be in attendance at the
Warden's Office on Monday 19th March,
1956, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive
nominations to fill the seat of ar. elected
member of the Bequia District Council
caused by the resignation of Mr. EDWIN
Should a Poll he required, it will be
taken on Monday, 26th March, 1956.
from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, and from 1 p.m.
to 5.30 i.m. and for the conveniences
of electors, votes may he cnst at the
following rolling stations:-
No. 1.-The Court Room (Police
Sta' ion)
No. 2-Mr. JACOB LEACH'S Shop
(FLimil on)
No. 3-8-Sunny Caribbee 1H 0 t e 1
(Behlmon t)
No. 4-Bequia Government School
(Paget Farm.)
Clerk and Returning Officer.
S10h March, 1956.


NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting
of the Supreme Court of the Windward
Islands and Leeward Islands will be
held at the Court House in Kingstown,
for the trial of CRIMINAL causes on
Tuesday the 24th day o' Aitril, 1936,..
commencing at 10.00 o'clock in the
All parties concerned, also such per-
sons as are bound over by recognizance
to prosecute or give evidence, or sum-
in oned as Jnrors or witnesses are comn-
manded to give their personal atten-
$th March, 1956.

NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting
of (he Supreme Court of the Windward
Islands and Leeward Islands will be
held at the Court House in Kingstown,
for the trial of CIVIL causes in the
Summary and Original Jurisdictions of
the Court on Tuesday the 24th day
of April, 1956, coinmencing at 10.00
.o'elock in the forenoon,
8;h '.larch. 1956.

NOTICE is hereby given that a Sitting
of the Supreme Court of the Windwaril
Islands and Leeward Islands will be
held at the Court House in Kingstown,
for the hearing of APPEALS FROM
MAGISTRATES on Tuesday the 24th
day of April, 1956, commencing at
10.00 o'clock in the forenoon.
Registrar. Supreme Court.
8th March, 1956.



There will be put up for sale at
Public Auction on Wednesday 28th
March, 1956, at the Office of the Depart-
ment of Agriculture between the hours
of 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. the under-
mentioned parcels of land at the
Lot 106 as shown on the Plan- No. C5
of the said Three Rivers Land
Settlement Allotments measuring .2
acr(s and 7 poles and bounded on the
North b. lands of Stephen DaBreo
(Lot 71) South -by the Public Road
East by Government Reserve an.d West.
by lands of Edward Smartt (Lot 70).
Lot 11I as shown on the said Plan
No. C5 of the Three Rivers Land Settle-
ment Allotments measuring 4 acres, 2
roods and 24 poles and bounded on the
North b\ Government Reserve South by
lands of Adeline Theobalhis (Lot 124)
East by Government Res, rve and West
by Park Hill Allotments.
ANY PERSON.-who is desirous of
viewing these lands before the sale may
arrange with Mr. C. J. Williams,
Agricultural Assistant, George I own.
Superintendent of
5th March, 1956.


Every person concerned, not being ,
Government Officer, is hereby reminded
that the latest date for the submission
of Income Tax Returns for ass(ssnient
in the year 1956 is the 31st March, and
that failure to give notice of charge-
ability is an off,'nce against lhe Income
Tax Ordinance. rendering the person


concerned liable to a fine niot exceed- Ib' liable on conviction before a Magis-
ing SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY trate to a fine not exceeding seven hun-
DOLLARS. dred a,'d fitty dollars, and in default
2. Every person whose income accrn- of payment to imprisonment with or
ing in, derived from thi Colony or without hard labour, for a lerm not
elsewhere and whether received ii the exceeding six months.
Colony or not for the proceeding year, 3. All persons concerned are advised
exceeded the statutory limit of $480 is to comply with above requirements.
required to submit a return in the pre-
scribed form i.otwithstanling that on F. E. WILLIAMS.
account of approved deductions no tax Income Tax Oficer,
may eventually be chargeable, and par- For the Commissioners of
ticular attention is directed to the fact Tncome Tax.
that the term "income" is deemed to
Income Tax Office,
include not only money but also allow-
ances in kind. Kingstown,
3. Efforts are being made to -send 1st March, 1956.
blank return forms to such persons. It
is to be clearly understood, however,
that the Income Tax Department is N 0T ICE.
tnder no obligation to send a return
form to anyone and that a person is not The Magistrate of the Firs-t District
exonerated from the statutory liability will hold a Special Session for the pur-
of making a return even though a form pose of hearing appeals of whi'h legal
may not have been received from the notice shall have been given against
Department. Forms may be obtained, assessments made by the Chatean-
on application, at the Revenue Offices belair Town Board at the Cout t House,
at Georgetown, Barrouallie. Bequia and Chateaubelair on Thursday the 15th day
Union Island, or in any other district of March, 1956 at 11 a.m.
from the Police Station situate therein
or from the Income Tax Department. E. F. GLASGOW,
Kingstown, where any person requiring Magistrate District 1.
information in connection therewith is ,
invited to enquire. Magistrate s Office,
4. The form correctly completed, Kingstown,
should be accompanied by all necessary 13th March, 1956.
supporting statements. Specimens of
the form of account required from
small traders and from occupiers or SAINT VINCENT.
.cultivators of land will be supplied on
request. By Authority of the Patents Ordinance

Income Tax Officer,
For the. Commissioners of
Income Tax.
1st March, 1951.


1. Any person engaged in any trade,
business or profession shall keep in
the English language proper books of
account sufficient to -record all trans-
actions necessary in order to ascertain
the gains and profits made or the loss
incurred in each such trade, business or
'profession, and any such person who
fails to comply with this provision shall
'be guilty of an offence, and in addition
'to auiv penalty incurred he shall be
'liable to pay any tax to which he may
be assessed under the provisions of the
Income Tix Ordinance.
2. Any person guilty of an offence
rmnder the Iticome Tax Ordinance shall

(t;napter 155 OT me Revisea Laws OT
Saint Vincent, 1926).

NOTICE is hereby given that an
application was on the I ItI day of Jan-
nary, 1956, made by FOLKE ROLAND
Sweden, tor a patent in respect of an
invention for "M ultilayer boards or
slabs for constructional purposes and
methods of' manufacturing same."
2. This invention relates generally to
multilayer boards or slabs for con-
structional purposes comprising two
sheets and an intermediate laNer con-
sisting of plant material, for example,
straw, reed or the like, each straw or the
like of said intermediate layer being
arranged at right angles to the said
sheets and glued thereto.

Rergi.strar of 'atents.
Patent Office,
Saint Vincent,
28th January, 1956.

72 SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY- 13 MARCH, 1956.-(No. 16).



Notice is hereby given that the undermentioned persons having become
defaulters under the "Land and House Tax Ordinance", their properties having
been levied upon will be offered for sale at 1 p.m. on Saturday 31st March, 1956,
at the Treasury, Kingstown, for the recovery of taxes due.

for Colonial Treasurer.

Treasury Chambers,
8th March, 1956.

Name of Owner or

1. Abbott, Benjamin
2. Balcombe, Leonard
3. Ballantyne, Samuel
4. Baptiste, Alexander
5. Baptiste, A. Joseph
6. Benn, Elizabeth
7. Bernard, Edmund
8. Billengy, Odessa
9. Blake, Henry
10. Bowens, Alexander
11. Burke, Samuel
12. Collins, Ephraim, Hrs.
13. Corrington, Florence
14. Da Breo, Rosalie
15. DeFreitas, Zeno
16. Durrant, Chrissey
17. Ellis. Isaac
18. Gonsalves, Patrick
19. Hackshaw, Stephana
20. Harry, Conliffe
21. Hector, Agnes
22. Henry, Oleanor
23. Jackson, William, Hrs.
24. James, Alice
25. James, Colonel
26. John, Bruce
27. Joseph, Advira
28. Joseph, Amanda
29. King, Jafeth
30. Kydd, Percy
31. Kydd, Princess
32. Ledgerwood, James
33. Ledgerwood, Mary
34. Lewis, Helena
35. Lewis, Prince
36. Lewis, A. Thomas
37. Lougheed, Clifford
38. Lougheed, Amy Valarie
39. Lougheed, Robert
40. Mercury, Solomon
41. Millington, Dorcas
42. Millington, Elliot
43. Myall, Emmeline
44. 'Nedd, Augustine
45. Nedd, Bentinck
46. Nedd, Cleophas
47. Nedd, Isabella
48. Nedd, Rosevelt
49. Nimblet, Fitzroy
50. Peters, Charles
51. Peters, Walter
52. Power, Matilda
53. Quashie, Moses


Situation of

Langley Park
Langley Park Mt.
Park Hill
Chester Cottage
Mt. Bentinck
Langley Park
Park Hill
Park Hill
South Rivers
Mt. Bentinck
Park Hill
South Rivers
Chester Cottage

Park Hill
Byera Road
South Rivers
Mt. Bentinck
Chester Cottage

Three Rivers
Byera Hill
,, ,,
Locust Valley
South' Rivers
Mt. Bentinck
Mt. William
Langley Park

Chester Cottage
Park Hill

South Rivers
Park Hill
Three Rivers
Park Hill
Park Hill
Mt. Bentinck
,, ,,

Description of

1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
9 acres 1 rood 11 poles
5 acres 3 roods 19 poles
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
2 Roods
2 acres 1 rood 321/2 poles
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot
1 House spot
1 House spot
2 acres 2 roods 2 poles
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
4 acres 21 poles
1 House spot
1 House spot
6 acres 29 poles
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot
5 acres 13 poles
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
6 acres
1 Dwelling house
2 acres 18 poles
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot
1 House spot
1 House spot
1 Rood
2 Roods
2 Roods
1 Dwelling house
2 Roods
1 House spot
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot
1 Dwvelling house
1 House spot

SAINT VINCENT, TUESDAY, 13 MARCH, 1956.--(No. 16). 73

Name of Owner or

Romeo, Mildred
Sampson, King
Sampson, Morris
Small, Clifford
Sutherland, Jim
Wilkinson, Ina

Situation of

Mt. Bentinck
Three Rivers
Mt. Bentinck

Description of

1 House spot
3 Poles
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 Dwelling house
1 House spot



It is hereby notified for general in-
formation that, Warrants will be issued
for the recovery of all taxes, together
.with the fees and fines due thereon,
which at the 31st Day of January, 1956,
remain unpaid, in accordance with
Land and House Tax Ordinance Cap.
194 Section 37.

Colonial Treasurer.

Treasury Chambers,
Kin gstown,
11th February, 1956.

l es



It is hereby notified for general in-
formation that the prices of Fresh Fish
set out in Statutory Rules and Orders,
No. 14 of 1952 Prices Control (Amend-
ment No. 7) Notice of 4th .larch, 1952,
are no longer in force as this item is
now decontrolled.
Dated this 27th day of February,

Contrller of Supnlies.
28th February, 1956.


By Authority of the Patents Ordinance
(Chapter 155 of the Revised Laws of
_. Saint Vincent, 1926).

NOTICE is hereby given that an
ST. VINCENT COTTON GINNERY. application was on ihe 23ri day of
SDecember, 1955, made by HENRY LOUIS
-IM'ICLMANN of 933 Sonth State Road,
COPRA NOTICE. Arlington Hei4lhts. Illinois, in th UUnit-
ed States of America, for a patentin
respect of anl invention for "Inimpove-
Sellers of Copra are warned that un- mnilts in or relating to apparalis for
s the copra delivered at the Ginnery c(,nv,.tinll )i, h(at energy directlY. to
oftfirst, class quality it will be re- electrical Fnergy."
ted. We cannot afford to buy poor 2. This invention i elates generally t(
ality copra with low oil content. a method and :ipl>aritus for converting
Prodlucers of Copra are advised 0o bent directly to elc tricity by the
,k only fully ripe nuts, to let thenim phenomenon of thormo-elreiricity,
nd for some time before breaking.
I to itry the co.ara properly. D. EL8ON WEEKS.
Registrar of Pa'ent ts.

28th February,

Manager. Patent Office,
Saint Vincent
1956. 28th February, 1956.


74 SAINT VINCENT. TUESDAY, 13 MARCH, 1956-(No. 16.)



It is hereby notified for general information that the Quarterly
Licensing Sessions will be held in the nndermentionedi PoIishes for the purpose
of hearing applications from applicants in their respective Parishes for the
granting of Certificates in accordance with the Liquor Licence Ordinaine. .1948,
at the time and places hereunder.


Time and Place of Session.

St. George & S. Andrew ... At the Court House, Kingstown, on
Wednesday, 28th March, 1956, at 10.00
o'clock in the forenoon.
Charlotte ... At the Court House, Georgetown, on
Friday, 16th March, 1966, at 11.00
o'clock in the forenoon.
St. David ... At the Court House, Chateaubelair, on
Monday 26th March, 1956, at 11.00
o'clock in the forenoon.
Grenadines (Bequia) ... At the Court House, at Port Elizabeth, on
Wednesday, 7th March, 1956, at 11.00
o'clock in the forenoon.
Notices of intention to oppose the grant of any Certificates stating in general
terms the grounds of the opposition, must be served upon the applicant and
upon the Magistrate not less than seven days before the day fixed for the
holding of the Licensing Sessions.
Acting Magistrate.


3t. George &
St. Andrew ...


St. David


N-me of Applicant.

Gill Brothers

Benjamin Mapp
Eleanor Plato
Robert Gillizeau
Edmund Hinds
James Gallie
Samuel Moses

Peter DePonte

Hudlson V. Soso

Bo! tiers (St. Vin-
cent) Ltd.

Sydney Deane
Lennie Slater

Albert Case
Alby Payne
Leonora Horne

Adolphus Showe

M.ortl'u- King

... Ornie Ollivierre



Fish Vendor

Com mercial




Situation of

Kingstown I Kingstown



Sion Hill



Pen iston

Lodge Villag6



Kingstown Kingstown
Vermont Vermont

Byera Hill

Shopkeeper Rose Bank

Seaman Paget Farm

Bel videre
Byera Village

Byera Hill

Rose Rank

Paget Farm

Acting Magistrate.

23rd February, 1956.

I~ Price 24 eents. I



No. 5 of 1956.

I Assent,



7th March, 1956.

AN ORDINANCE to amend the Promissory Oaths Act, Cap. 135.

1[ 3th March, 1956. ]

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Promissory Oaths
(Amendment) Ordinance, 1956, and shall be read as one with
the Promissory Oaths Act (hereinafter referred to as the princi-
pal Ordinance) and all amendments thereto.

2. Section 6 of the principal Ordinance is hereby amended
(a) by re-numbering the said section as "6 (1)"; and
(b) by adding the following new subsection:
"(2) Every person appointed or called upon to exercise
the functions of Clerk of the Executive Council shall before
entering upon the duties of his office take the oath set out
as Form 5 in Schedule A to this Ordinance."

3. Schedule A to the principal Ordinance is hereby amend-
ed as follows:-
(a) by deleting Form 4 appearing therein and substi-
tuting therefore the following:-
I ............................................................................................................. b ein g ch o sen a n d
admitted of Her Majesty's Executive Council in this Colony
do swear that I will, to the best of my judgment, at all

Short title.

Cap. 135.

Section 6 of

Schedule A to

[ L.S. ]

No. 5. Promissory Oaths (Amendment). 1956.

times when thereto required, freely give my counsel and
advice to thec Governor for the good management o. the
public affairs of the Colony, and that except with the author-
ity of the Governor, i wil. not directly or indirectly reveal
the business or proceedings of the Executive Council or the
nature or contents of ::.ny document communicated to me
,as a Member of the Council or any matter coming to my
knowledge in my capacity as a Member of the Council, and
that in all things I will be a true and faithful Councillor.
tb' by adding the following new Form as Form 5:---
I,......................................................................................................b ein g ca lled u p o n to
exercise the functions of Clerk of Her Majesty's Executive
Council in Saint Vincent, do swear that except with the
author y of the Governor, I vill not directly or indirectly
reveal the business or proceedings of the Executive Council
or the nature or contents of any document communicated
to me .s Clerk of the Council or any matter coming to my
kn,'.,-ledge in my capacity as Clerk of the Council.

Schedule B 4. Schedule B to the principal Ordinance is hereby amend-
to principal ea by inserting .after dhe words "The Treasurer" the following:-
Ordinance Ministers of the Government."

Passed the Legislative Council this 2nd day of February, 1956.

Acting Clerk, Legislative Council.
(A. 27/1951.)

[ Price 8 cents. 1


No. 6 of 1956.

I Assent,



7th March, 1956.

AN ORDINANCE further to amend the Interpretation Ordinance
(Cap. 72).
[ 13th March, 1956. ]

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Interpretation
(Amendment) Ordinance, 1956, and shall be read as one with the
Interpretation Ordinance (hereinafter referred to as the prin-
cipal Ordinance) and all amendments thereto.

2. Paragraph (e) of section 2 of the principal Ordinance
is hereby repealed and replaced by the following:-
(e) "Governor in Council" means, save as otherwise
provided by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of the
United Kingdom, by any Order of Her Majesty in Council
or by Instructions under the Royal Sign Manual and Signet,
the Governor acting with the advice of the Executive Coun-
cil, and, to such extent as may be provided by any such
Letters Patent, Order of Her Majesty in Council or Instruc-
tions, in accordance with that advice, but not necessarily in
such Council assembled.

Short title.

Cap. 72.

Amendment of
section 2 of

[ L.S. ]


No. 6. Interpretation (Amendment). 1956.

Passed the Legislative Council this 2nd day of February, 1956.

Acting Clerk of Legislative Council.
(J. 1/1956.)

[ Price 8 cents ]


No. of 1956.



further to amend the Medical Registration

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Medical Registration
(Amendment) Ordinance, 1956, and shall be read as one with
the Medical Registration Ordinance (hereinafter referred to as
the principal Ordinance) and all amendments thereto.

2. Section 7 of principal Ordinance is hereby amended by
the deletion of the word "practices" appearing in the third line
thereof, and the substitution therefore of the following words:-
"practises or professes to practise, or publishes his name as
practising, or receives any payment as practising".

3. Subsection (2) of section 14 of the principal Ordinance
is hereby amended by the addition thereto after the word "afore-
said" in the third line thereof of the following words:-
"or practises or professes to practise, or publishes his name
as practising, or receives any payment as practising, dentis-

4. After section 34 of the principal Ordinance the following
sections shall be inserted:-

Short title.

Cap. 113.

Section 7 of

Section 14 (2)
of principal

New section
added to

Medical Registration (Amendment).

"Prohblition of
relating to

34A. (1) No person shall take any part in
the publication of any advertisement by any
method whatsoever, including any notice,
circular, label or wrapper or other document,
or by canvassing, referring to the sale, supply-
ing, or offering for sale or offering to supply
,any medicine or surgical appliance, or refer-
ring to the administration of, or the offering
to administer any treatment to the public
whether directly or indirectly or by implica-
tion as being effective for the purpose of
treatment of human beings for any of the
following purposes:-
(a) for the cure of venereal diseases i.e.
syphilis, gonorrhoea, soft chancre, or
other genito-urinary diseases in any of
their forms;
ib) for the prevention, relief or cure of
Bright's disease, cancer, consumption
or tuberculosis, leprosy, lupus, diabetes,
epilepsy or fits, locomotor ataxy, para-
lysis or infantile paralysis;
i ) for the cure of. arterio-sclerosis, septi-
caemia, diphtheria, dropsy, erysipelas,
gallstones, kidney stones and bladder
stones, goitre, heart disease, tetanus or
lockjaw, pleurisy, pneumonia, scarlet
fever, smallpox, trachoma, amenorrhoea,
hernia or rupture, blindness or any
structural or organic ailment of the
auditory system;
(d) for the cure of any habit associated
with sexual indulgence, or of any ail-
ment associated with those habits or
for the promotion of sexual virility,
desire or fertility or for the restoration
or stimulation of the mental faculties.

(2) In any proceedings for a contravention
of any of the provisions of the foregoing sub-
section, it shall be a defence for the person
charged to prove-
(a) that the advertisement to which the
-roceedin?'s relate was publishedd only
in a publication of a technical character
i.itended for circulation mainly
a3nongst persons of the following
classes, or of one or some of them:-


No. Medical Registration (Amendment). 1956.

(i) duly registered or licensed medical or
veterinary practitioners;
(ii) selling dispensers, dispensers or chem-
ists and druggists;
(iii) the governing body, managers of a
hospital, infirmary and ,asylum; and
(b) that the said advertisement was pub-
lished in connection with an application
for a patent submitted to the appro-
priate authority so far as may be re-
quisite for the purpose of the applica-
(3) In this section:-
(a) the expression "medicine" means any
kind of medicament or other curative
or preventive substance, and whether
a proprietory medicine or preparation,
packed goods or patent medicine or
preparation; and
(b) the expression "surgical appliance"
includes any device which purports to
be or is represented, directly or by im-
plication, as being such an appliance.

(4) Any person offending against this sec-
tion shall be liable, on summary conviction,
to forfeit for every offence a penalty not
exceeding one hundred dollars.
34B. (1) No person shall take any part in
Prohibition of the publication of any advertisement refer-
advertisements ring to any article, or articles of any descrip-
relating to tion, in terms which are calculated to lead
abortion, to the use of that article or articles of that
description for procuring the miscarriage of
(2) Any person offending against this
section shall be liable, on summary convic-
tion, to forfeit for every offence a penalty not
exceeding one hundred dollars."

Passed the Legislative Council this day of 1956.

Acting Clerk of Legislative Council.

No. Medical Registration (Amendment). 1986.


The objects of this Bill are as follows:-
(a) to make it an offence for an unregistered person to practise or to publish
his name or to receive any fee as practising, medicine, surgery or dentistry;
(b) to prohibit advertisements (subject to certain exceptions) relating to
the diseases mentioned in section 4 of the Bill;
(c) to prohibit advertisements relative to articles which may be used for
the purposes of abortion.

2. The amendments introduced by section 4 of the Bill were drafted in
accordance with instructions contained in the Secretary of State's Despatch,
Windward Islands, No. 294 Saving.

Acting Crown Attorney.
Crown Attorney's Chambers,
Court House,
23rd August, 1955.


No. of 1956.


AN ORDINANCE to amend the Registration of United Kingdom
Patents Ordinance and to repeal the Registration of United
Kingdom Patents (Amendment) Ordinance, 1933.

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Registration of United
Kingdom Patents (Amendment) Ordinance, 1956, and shall be
read as one with the Registration of United Kingdom Patents
Ordinance (hereinafter referred to as the principal Ordinance).

2. Section 4 of the principal Ordinance is hereby.amended
by the addition thereto of the following provision:-
Such grounds shall be deemed to include the manufac-
ture, use or sale of the invention in the Colony before the
priority y date applicable to the patent in the United King-
dom, but not to include the manufacture, use or sale of the
invention in the Colony by some person or persons after
the priority date applicable to the patent in the United
Kingdom and before the date of the issue of the certificate
of registration under section 3 (4) of the principal Ordinance.
For the purposes of this section the expression "priority
date" in its application to a patent in the United Kingdom
has the meaning assigned to it in section 5 of the Patents
Act, 1949.

Short title.

Cap. 156.

Addition of new
provision to
section 4 of

12, 13, & 14
Geo. VI, Cap. 87.

No. Registration of United Kingdom Patents (Amendment). 1956. ,

Repeal of 3. The Registration of United Kingdom Patents (Amend-
Ordinance ment) Ordinance, 1933 is hereby repealed.
No. 5 of 1933.

Passed the Legislative Council this day of 1956.

Acting Clerk of Legislative Council.
(J. 16/1950.)


The object of this Bill is to afford, further protection to patentees' and to
validate Certificates of Registration in certain circumstances.

Acting Crown Attorney.

Crown Attorney's Chambers,
Court House,
25th November, 1955.



of 1956.


AN ORDINANCE further to amend the Supreme Court Ordinance,

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Supreme Court
(Amendment) Ordinance, 1956, and shall be read as one with
the Supreme Court Ordinance, 1941, (hereinafter referred to as
the principal Ordinance) and all amendments thereto.

2. Sections 3, 4 and 5 of the principal Ordinance are hereby
repealed and replaced as follows:-



53 & 54
Vict., c. 27.

3. There shall be vested in the Court all
such jurisdiction as at the commencement of
this Ordinance is vested in Her Majesty's High
Court of Justice in England, which is capable
of being exercised by a Colonial Court, save
and except as otherwise provided for in this
Ordinance in addition to any other jurisdic-
tion conferred by this or any other Ordinance.

4. The Court shall be a Colonial Court of
Admiralty within the meaning of the Colonial
Courts of Admiralty Act, 1890, of the Imperial
Parliament, and shall have and exercise
Admiralty jurisdiction in accordance with the

Short title.

No. 5 of 1941.

Sections 3, 4
and 5 of
repealed and

Supreme Court (Amendment).

Power to
appoint guar-
dians and
committees of
lunatics, etc.

provisions of that Act, as amended from time
to time; subject, however, to the provisions
of any Ordinance in force in this Colony.

5. The Court shall have in the Colony all
and singular the powers and authorities of
the Lord High Chancellor of England, with
full liberty to appoint and control guardians
of infants and their estates, and also keepers
of the persons of estates of idiots, lunatics
and such as being of unsound mind are un-
able to govern themselves and their estates."

3. After section 5 of the principal Ordinance the following
section shall be inserted:-

"Jurisdiction in
Probate. Divorce
and Matrimonial

5A. The jurisdiction hereby conferred
upon the Court in Probate, Divorce and
Matrimonial Causes and proceedings shall,
subject to this Ordinance and to the Rules of
Court, be exercised by the Court in conformity
with the law and practice from time to time
in force in England:
Provided that at any time during the pro-
gress of a suit for divorce or nullity of mar-
riage or before the decree is made absolute,
any person may give information to jhe
Crown Attorney of any matter material to
the due decision of the case, who may there-
upon take such steps as he may deem neces-
sary or expedient; and if from any such
information or otherwise, the Crown Attorney
shall be of opinion that any parties to the suit
are, or have been, acting in collusion for the
purpose of obtaining the divorce or decree of
nullity of marriage, as the case may be, he
may by leave of the Court intervene in the
suit, alleging such case of collusion, and re-
tain counsel or subpoena witnesses to prove
it, and it shall be lawful for the Court to
order the costs of such counsel and witnesses
and otherwise arising from such intervention
to be paid by the parties, or such of them
as it shall see fit, including a wife if she has
separate property; but it shall not be lawful
for the Court to order any costs arising from
any intervention to be paid by the Crown
Attorney, and the Crown Attorney shall be
entitled to be paid from the revenue of the
Colony all reasonable costs which he may

New section


Supreme Court (Amendment).

have incurred arising from any such inter-
vention after deducting any costs which may
have been paid to him by the parties: And
provided further that any rules and regula-
tions for the time being for the Probate,
Divorce and Admiralty Division of the High
Court of Justice in England with respect to
the King's Proctor shall, subject to Rules of
Court, apply to the Crown Attorney.

And provided also that notwithstanding
anything contained in section 3 of the Matri-
monial Causes Act, 1937, in any divorce
proceedings a person of unsound mind shall
be deemed to have been under care ;-nd
treatment for a period of at least five years
if the Court is, satisfied upon hearing the
evidence of at least two medical practitioners
that the respondent has been continuously
under medical and mental care and treatment
for a period of not less than five years imme-
diately preceding the presentation of -he
petition whether the respondent has or has
not suffered detention in pursuance of any
lunacy order or inquisition, or has or has not
been receiving treatment as a voluntary
patient, under any law for the time being in

1 Edw. 8 & 1
Geo. 6, c. 57.

day of

Acting Clerk of Legislative Council.


The object of this Bill is to bring up to date the jurisdiction of the Supreme
Court of the Windward Islands and Leeward Islands in the Saint Vincent Circuit,
in its Probate, Divorce and Admiralty as well as its Original Jurisdiction, to
conform with the practice obtaining in other colonies and particularly in Grenada.

Acting Crown Attorney.
Crown Attorney's Chambers,
Court House,
5th August, 1955.

Passed the Legislative Council this

(J. 8/1945.)




No. of 1956.


AN ORDINANCE further to amend the Public Utility 'Undertak-
ings and Public Health Services Arbitration Ordinance, 1952.

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Public Utility Under-
takings and Public Health Services Arbitration (Amendment)
Ordinance, 1956, and shall be read as one with the Public Utility
Undertakings and Public Health Services Arbitration Ordinance,
1952, (hereinafter referred to as the principal Ordinance) and
all amendments thereto.

2. The Second Schedule to the principal Ordinance as in-
serted by section 5 of the Public Utility Undertakings and Public
Health Services Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance, 1954, is
hereby amended by deleting the word "fifteen" appearing in the
seventh line of paragraph 2 (d) thereof and substituting there-
for the word "fourteen".

Passed the Legislative Council this

Short title.

No. 4 of 1952.

Schedule to
No. 34 of 1954.

day of


Acting Clerk of Legislative Council.

(J. 9/1950.)

No. Public Utility Undertakings and Public Health Services 1956.
Arbitration (Amendment).


The object of this Bill is to amend the time limit in the Scheduled Notice to
persons affected by the operation of the principal Ordinance, during which the
Governor shall refer a dispute to a Tribunal, to accord with the provisions of
section 10 of the principal Ordinance.

Acting Crown Attorney.
Crown Attorney's Chambers,
Court House,
8th November, 1955.


No. of 1956.


AN ORDINANCE to provide for the establishment of Employment
Exchanges and for purposes connected therewith.

Enacted by the Legislature of Saint Vincent.

1. This Ordinance may be cited as the Employment
Exchanges Ordinance, 1956.

2. In this Ordinance, the expression "employment exchange"
means any office or place established under the provisions of
section 3 of this Ordinance.

3. The Governor in Council may-
(a) establish and maintain, in such places as he thinks fit,
employment exchanges, that is to say, offices or places
for the collection and furnishing of information, either
by the keeping of registers or otherwise, respecting per-
sons who seek to engage employees either in this Colony
or elsewhere and persons who seek employment;
(b) make grants, or advances by way of loan, out of such
funds as may be provided by the Legislative Council, to
meet the expenses of persons desiring to travel to places
outside of the Colony where work- is available for them,
upon such terms and conditions as he may determine.

Short title.


of employment
exchanges and
loans to persons
travelling out
of Colony
for work.

Employment Exchanges.


Refusal to
accept employ-
ment not to


4. (1) The Governor in Council may make Regulations for
all or any of the following purposes-
(a) to regulate the management of employment exchanges;
(b) to prescribe the forms and records to be used or kept by
employment exchanges;
(c) generally to give effect to the purposes of this Ordinance.
(2) Any Regulations made under this Ordinance shall, within
one month of being made, be laid before the Legislative Council,
and if the Legislative Council, before the expiration of forty
days next after the Regulations are laid before it, resolves that
the Regulations shall be annulled, they shall thenceforth be
void but without prejudice to the validity of anything previously
done thereunder or to the making of new Regulations:
Provided that in reckoning any such period of forty days as
aforesaid, no account shall be taken of any time during which
the Legislative Council is dissolved or prorogued or during which
the Legislative Council is adjourned for more than seven days.

5. No person shall be disqualified or prejudiced in
respect of any facilities provided under this Ordinance on
account of his refusal to accept employment found for
him through an employment exchange if the ground of his
refusal is that a trade dispute which affects his trade exists,
or that the wages offered are lower than those current in the
trade in the district where the employment is found.

6. If any person, for the purpose of obtaining employment
or procuring employees, knowingly makes any false statement or
false representation to an officer of an employment exchange,
or to any person acting for or for the purposes of such exchange,
he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction
to a fine not exceeding fifty dollars.

Passed the Legislative Council this

day of


Acting Clerk of Legislative Council.
(F. 9/1955.)


The object of this Bill, which is adapted from the Imperial Employment and
Training Act, 1948, and the British Guiana Employment Exchange Ordinance,
1944, is to empower the Governor in Council to establish employment exchanges
for the purpose of collecting information regarding workmen seeking



No. Employment Exchanges. 1996.

employment and employers seeking workmen. Power is also given to the Governor
in Council to authorise grants and loans, out of funds provided by the Legislature,
to assist persons travelling to places of employment outside of the Colony.

Acting Crown Attorney.
Crown Attorney's Chambers,
Court House,


His Honour A. F. GILES, Administrator, President,
The Honourable E. F. GLASGOW, Acting Crown Attorney,
,, ,, P. R. ELLS, Colonial Treasurer,
E. A. C. HUGHES, First Nominated Member,
,, G. H. CHARLES, Member for Central Windward,
, A. C. CYRUS, Second Nominated Member,
. E. T. JOSHUA, Member for North Windward (arrived at 10.30 a.m.),
. L. C. LATHAM, Member for South Windward,
. S. E. SLATER, Member for North Leeward,
. C. L. TANNIS, Member for the Grenadines (arrived at 9.58 a.m.),
,, H. F. YOUNG, Member for South Leeward,
A. B. C. DOS SANTos, Third Nominated Member.

The Honourable J. A. EAYNES, Member for St. George (Attending meeting of
Federation Conference in London),
,, ,, R. E. BAYNES, Member for Kingstown.

The President opened the meeting with the reading of the prayers of the
Legislative Council..
The Minutes of the meetings of 5th and 12th January, 1956, copies of which
were circulated, were taken as read and were confirmed.

The President informed Council that he intended Lo present Certificates of
Urgency in respect of the Promissory Oaths (Amendment) Bill and the Inter-
pretation (Amendment) Bill, to permit these Bills to be taken through all the
stages at the meeting. He also stated that the Income Tax Ordinance 1954 was
being re-committed on the instructions of the Governor in order that the short
title should be amended to read "the Income Tax Ordinance, 1956.". At a later
stage, a motion for suspension of the Standing Rules and Orders would be intro-
duced to allow the recommittal of the Ordinance to take place at that meeting.


There were no notices of motions.


There were no notices of questions.

No petitions were presented.

The Acting Crown Attorney laid the following Papers on the Table:
Council Paper No. 1 of 1956: Finance Meeting of 26th April, 1955.
Council Paper No. 2 of 1956: Finance Meeting of 14th June, 1955.
Council Paper No. 3 of 1956: Finance Meeting of 12th July, 1955.
Council Paper No. 4 of 1956: Finance Meeting of 26th July, 1955.

The Colonial Treasurer, seconded by the Crown Attorney, moved the fol-
That this Council approve the Schedule of Additional Expenditure re-
quired to meet expenditure for the period 1st July to 30th September, 1955.
The motion was passed nem con without debate.

The following Bills were introduced and read a first time:
The Promissory Oaths (Amendment) Bill.
The Interpretation (Amendment) Bill.
The Police (Amendment) Bill.
The Kingstown Board (Amendment) Bill.
The Estate and Succession Duties (Amendment) Bill.
The Supplementary Appropriation (1954) Bill.
The Girl Guides Association Bill

The President presented a Certificate of Urgency in respect of the Promissory
Oaths (Amendment) Bill. The Bill was then read a second and third time and
passed without amendment.
A Certificate of Urgency was introduced in respect of the 'Interpretation
(Amendment) Ordinance. The Bill was then read a second time, and in Com-
mittee of the whole House, the following amendments were made:
Clause 2: The word "Section" was corrected to read "section". The
inverted commas before "(e)" were deleted in line 3, and the inverted
commas after the word "assembled" in line 11 were also deleted.
The Bill was then read a third time and passed.
The British Caribbean Shipping (Agreement) Bill was read a second time
and in Committee, was amended by substituting a full-stop for the comma after
the word "subsidy" in clause 4. The Bill was read a third time and passed.
The following Bills were read a second and third time and passed without
The Sugar Export Cess (Amendment) Bill.
The Jury (Amendment) Bill.

Council resolved itself into Committee to further consider the Workmen's
Compensation (Amendment) Bill.

Clause 2 was deleted and the following substituted:

Section 2 of

'I UlIl

2. Subsection (1) of section 2 of the principal
Ordinance is hereby amended-

ean (a) by deleting the definition of "Workman" appearing
therein and substituting therefore the following
definition :-
"Workman" means any person who has entered
into or works under a contract of service or appren-
ticeship with an employer, whether the contract was
made before or after the commencement of this
Ordinance and whether such contract is expressed
or implied, is oral or in writing and also includes-
(a) a person engaged in plying for hire with any
vehicle the use of which is obtained from the
owner thereof under any contract of bailment
(other than a hire purchase agreement) in con-
sideration of the payment of a fixed sum or a
share in the earnings or otherwise; and
(b) a person employed on board an_" fishing vessel
or any ship or vessel registered in the Colony or
whose owner, managing owner or manager re-
sides or has his principal place of business in
the Colony:
(b) by deleting the words "two hundred pounds" appear-
ing in the third line of paragraph (a) of the proviso
to the definition of "Workmen" therein and substi-
tuting therefore the words "twelve hundred dollars";
(c) by deleting paragraphs (g) and (h) of the said pro-
Clause 3 was deleted and the remaining clauses re-numbered.
Clause 4 A bracket was inserted before the word "Amendment" in line 2.
Clause 4: Paragraph (a), line 5-"three hund,!red and fifty pounds" was
changed to "one thousand six hundred and eighty dollars".
Paragraph (b) line 4-"ten pounds" was changed to "forty-
eight dollars".
Paragraph (c) lines 6 & 7 and 9 & 10-"four hundred and fifty
pounds" was changed to "two thousand one hundred and sixty
Paragraph (f) the word "Proviso" in line 2 was corrected to "proviso".

Clause 5: "sixteen pounds, seventeen shillings and six pence" was changed
to "eighty-one dollars", in lines 2 and 3. In line 4 "Proviso" was
changed to "proviso". ,
Clause 6: The dash between the word "subsection" in line 2 was deleted,
and the word proceedingg" in line 3 was corrected to "preceding".
Paragraph (a) : "twenty pounds" in the fifth line was changed to
"ninety-six dollars".
The word "and" between paragraphs Qb) and (e) was deleted.
The Bill was then read a third time and passed.

Council in Committee considered the amended clause 2 of the Banana
Growers Association (Amendment) Bill recommended by the Governor, and
approved of its adoption, as follows:
"(6) Notwithstanding the provisions of the preceding subsection, the Mem-
bers of the Board of Directors of the Saint Vincent Banana Growers
Association Limited may, before the day appointed by the Governor
by virtue of the provisions of subsection (1) of section 41 of this
Ordinance, elect fiom among tiieir members, four persons to serve
as first members of the Board constituted and established under this
Ordinance ond the four persons so elected shall, with such other
persons as are elected under the provisions of this section constitute
the Board for the period of one year from the first day of October,
nineteen hundred and fifty-five and thereafter the provisions of the
preceding subsection shall take effect -and the provisions of this sub-
section cease to have effect."
Council also considered and accepted the recommended amendment to the
short title of the Income Tax Ordinance 1954 to read "The Income Tax Ordinance

10. RULES.
Council resolved itself into Committee to consider the Legislative Council
(Amendment) Rules. After consideration Council approved the Rules.

On the motion for adjournment, the Member for South Leeward re-iterated
his recommendation to Government that consideration be given to the establish-
ment of a Farm School for delinquents with funds made available from C.D. & W.
The Member ior North Windwaird supported the former speaker on the sug-
gestion and aaded that consideration should be given to the introduction of
compulsory education in the Colony. The speaker continued by criticising some
types of persons appointed as Income Tax Commissioners.
The Member oor the Greaactines drew attention to the fact that a number
of Vincentian Workers in Carriacou and Grenada had been returned home due
to their not possessing acceptable travel documents, and requested that investi-
gation should be n-ade as to whether the regulations regarding travel of persons
resident in the Windward Islands hao. not been contravened.
The Member for Cential Windavard spoke on the need of roads for crops
other than bananas.
The Meeting adjourned at 12 noon.

Confirmed 8th March, 1956.

Report by the Conference on British aribhlan

Federation February, 1956.

The 1956 Conference on British Caribbean Federation is the culmination of
nearly eleven years consideration of ihe question of Closer Politicai Association in
the Region which was first formally put to West Indian Gove iinment as a result of
a despatch dated 14th March, 1945 from Colonel Oliver Stanley then Secretary of
State ior the Colonies.

2. West Indian Legislatures declared themselves in favour of considering
the formulation of a political plan for closer association and the Governments
concerned accordingly sent delegates in 1947 to a Cenierence .at Ivontego Bay
in Jamaica at which a resolution recognizing the desirability of a political federa-
tion was recorded and it was recommended, vwith the subsequent endorsement of
Legislatures, that a Standing Closer Association :*ommitUee should be set up
composed of delegates of Legislatures, the report of this Committee (Col. No. 255),
published in 1950 provided not only a detailed examination of the implications
of Federation but a statement of faith in its economic fand political necessity
and a provisional scheme for a Federal Constitution based on the Australian
pattern, i.e., with residual powers remaining with the constituent units. Accepted
by the Legislatures of Barbados, Jamaica, the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and
Tobago and the Windward Islands this scheme formed the basis of the Plan i'ot
a British Caribbean Federation CMD 8895 Nhich was drawn up by the London
Conference of 1953-and subsequently adopted by all the Legislatures which sent
delegates to that Conference.

3. In accordance with the decision of West Indian Legislatures to accept the
Federal Plan the Secretary of State for the Colonies announced on 2nd February,
1955 that Her Majesty's Government would proceed with the next steps towards
a Federation and accordingly set up three Connaissiona, headed by Sir Sidney
Caine, K.C.M.G., Sir Hilary Elood. G.B.E., K.C.M.G., and Sir Allan Chalmers
Smith, M.C., to examine respectively the Fiscal, Civil Service and Judicial aspects
of Federation. The reporas of the three Commissions -.;,hich were at work in
the West Indies throughout the summer and early autumn of 1955 were CMD
9618, 9619 and 9620 respectively. In the meanwhile a Conference convened in
Trinidad in March 1955 under the Chairmanship of Lord Lloyd, Parliamentary
Under Secretary of State 'for the Colonies urged Her Majesty's Government to
proceed with the greatest possible speed with the completion of preliminary
measures to enable the Federation to be established and unanimously reached
agreement on the measures to be adopted towards facilitating and controlling
the movement of persons within a British Caribbean Federation. They recorded
'their conclusions in a report (Col. No. 315) which was subsequently adopted by
all of the Legislatures concerned.
During eleven years therefore the issues of Federation have been the subject
of four Committees or Commissions and three Conferences and have been before
the Legislatures of the Caribbean Territories on no less than five occasions in
the course of which agreement has been reached on the form the British Carib-
bean Federation is to take.

5. The Secretary of State convened the present Conference to take final
decisions on the major outstanding, issues concerning Federation and to agree
on suitable machinery for settling all minor and less controversial issues and
for taking the necessary administrative steps prior to the establishment of the
Federation itself. The Conference took as its basis the agreed Federal Plan,
and the plan together with the reports of the London Conference of 1953, the
Trinidad Conference of 1;55 and ol the three Commissions, referred to in para-
graphs 2 and 3, constituted the documents before the Conference.

6. The Conference mel from the 7th to the 23rd February 1956 in Lancaster
Houses, London, under the Chairmanshiu of the Right Hon. Alan Lennox Boyd,
M.P., Secretary of State for the Colonies. It was .attended by delegates from the
Government of Antigua, Barbados, Dominica, Gienada, Jamaica, Montserrat.
St. Kitts-Nevis ,and Anguilla, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, and
the United Kingdom. Goservers were sent by the Governments of British Guiana
and British Honduras ,whch had reached no final decision on participation in
the Federation biuL which had interest in various regional developments associated
with the Federation.

7. In his opening address to the Conference Mr. Lennox Boyd drew atten-
tion to the long way which had been travelled along the road to Federation.
Referring to the purpose of the Conference to take final decisions within the
framework of the agreed Federal PF an without the necessity for further reference
back to Legislatures Mr. Lennox Broyd said that he was prepared subject to the
Conference reaching agreement on all substantial points to seek leave to intro-
duce an enabling bill int. the 'United Kingdom Parliament at an early date and
hoped that it vuould be possible to pass it through all stages in both Houses before
the summer oi 1.95G. Su':.h an act would enable hle Constitutional Instruments
of the Federaticn to be embodied in an Order ol' Her Majesty in Council which
would provide for the establishment of the Federation including the appointment
of a governor generall andi holding of Federal elections at a date to be decided.
He reiterated the intention of Her Majesty's Government to do all in its power
to further the wishes of Lhe West Indies in regard to Federation.

8. Mr. Lennox Eoyd went on to refer to the future of the Federation. Point-
ing out how Federation would facilitate the eventual achievement of self-govern-
ment within rhe Commonwealth, he drew attention to the implications of that
status. Self-Government meant so nothing more than t'he formal relinquishment
by Her Majesty's Government in lhe United Kingdom of Constitutional Powers
of control. It meant that a country must be able to stand on its own feet
economically and financilly, that it could finance its own Administration and
that it was able and prepared to f:sume responsibilities for its owvn defence and
its own international relations to the extent that either was involved by its
geographical or international standing. On' the other hand in these days no
country was independent in the .ense of being entirely self-contained and self
sufficient. Mutual help was one of the great principles of the' Commonwealth
and there was no reason why one member or group of members should not help
other members with their economic development, perhaps on the lines of the
.Colombo plan. Nor would self-ove::nment preclude arrangements for intra-
Commonwealt'i commerce of which the Commonwealth Sugar Agreement was
an example. Unlike the situation where a state relied for its existence on outside
help, there was, nothing derogatory to a Country's dignity in accepting the help

of other partners to improve its economic situation and develop its resources to
the general advantage of the partnership. The Commonwealth was an associa-
tion of free nations, each of which was independent in the sense outlined. Mem-
bership of the Commonwealth was a matter for all members to consider but
delegates could rest assured that when the British Caribbean Federation Govern-
ment felt in due course ready to assume the responsibilities and obligations
involved it would find Her Majesty's Governr .ent in the United Kingdom glad
to sponsor its admission to full Commonwealth membership.

9. In reply the Caribbean delegates and observers thanked Her Majesty's
Government for the support they had always 'iven to the concept of Federation
and expressed their determination to bring the Conference to a successful
conclusion. They regretted the delays with whch Federation had met but hoped
that the eleven years which had passed since (.olonel Oliver Stanley's despatch-
years during which the units themselves had all made remarkable constitutional
progress-had not been wasted ai.d that the Federation, the constitution of which
they now intended to agree, would be laid on sound foundations politically and

10.. We agree that the plan for a British Caribbean Federation put forward
by the London Conference in April 1953 and subsequentlyy endorsed by the Legis-
latures of all the Territories concerned shall be the basis for the Federal Con-
stitution subject; to the variations set- out below.

11. The preamble to the constitution shall include a recital to the effect
that all persons in the Federation shall continue to enjoy the free exercise of
their respective modes of religious worship. The preamble shall also contain
a recital in respect of Customs Union which is set out in full in Chapter IV.

12. We agree that the following item shall ue inserted in the exclusive
Legislative list.
"The establishment, maintenance and regulation of Federal Agencies for
the pir'pcse of advising or otherwise assisting any Government, person
or authority."
(It will be understood that the advice or assistance of these agencies will only
be made available at. the request of any Government, person or authority con-

We agree that the proposals for amending the Federal Constitution in the
1953 Plan shall be varied in the following manner:
(a) The constitution shall o-e amendable by Orde- in Council as proposed
in paragraph 18 of the S.C.A.C. Report, subject to the deletion of the provision
in that parapnraph for a referendum and to the substitution therefore of- the
provision in para:rarph 92 (3) of the 1953 Plan. The guarantees included in the
1953 Plan with regard to the unmerical representation of units in the Federal
-Legislature will not therefore be altered in any way.
(b) A special clause shall be added to the Constitutional instruments to
provide for the entry of other Territories to the Federation. This is to provide
in particular for the possible accession at ,a later date of British Guiana and
British Honduras. We desire to place on record our view that the way shall be

made as easy as possible for them to join the Federation. We therefore agree
that the terms of admission of new members should be agreed between Her
Majesty's Government, the Federal Government and the applicant, and that
the approval of Units under paragraph 92 (3) of the 1953 Plan should not be
required in the case of an .amendment of the Constitution to admit British Guiana
or British Honduras if no change in the numerical representation of existing
units in the Feaeral Legislature were involved. An amendment to admit any
other Territory however would be subject to the full provisions of paragraph
92 (3) should their accession involve their having representation in the Federal

14. We agree that paragraph, 52 (II) of the 1953 Plan regarding the Con-
stitution of the Council of State shall be deleted and that the Council of State
shall not contain the three official members. The Governor-General shall how-
ever nominate three officials selected by him who will have the right to attend
all meetings of the Council and to take part in its discussions. The Secretary
of State gave an assurance that the need for attendance of the officials would
be reviewed from time to time and agreed that at such time as the Governor-
General concluded that their attendance was no longer required, the- right of
attendance migh. be allowed to fall into desuetude or should be withdrawn from
the Constitution.

15. We a.'rce that the Governo --General shall consult Unit Governors before
making a.pp-it -.ents c the Fede'ral Senate and we suggest that ,a direction
to this e1fect s would ':e i eluded in the Royal Instructions to the Governor-
General. We ai-( agree ti-a, the three Federal Senators shall be appointed to
the Coun'cil of State by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the
Prime Minister o.f he Federation and not, as proposed in the 1953 Plan, by the
Governor-General in Council.

16. WTe have considered the question of reserved powers under the proposed
Federal Constitution and l-ave agreed as follows:-
(a.) With rega-rd to ft.i reservation of Bills, we agree that the proviso to
paragraph 42 (29 o the 195: Plan anC the whole of paragraph 43 shall be omitted.
The object of th:'s is to make general the power of the Governor-General to
reserve Bills ins'ea,, o specifying the particular categories of Bills in respect of
which the power. might be exercised.
(b) With regard to Legislation by Order in Council we agree that an addition
shall be made to parai-.nh 45 (3) to make clear, what has always been the
intention that no Order in. Council made under paragraph 45 (1) (c) may
provide for the raising of revenue in excess of what it will be permissible for the
Federal Covermn e:C t i.tsel to ratse uncer the constitution, due account being taken
o' any revenue already raised by that Government.

17. We a,:'ee that 1he provision of the S.C.A.C. Report (Clauses 10 (2)
anc 22 (2) of 'h cnsolidater recommendations) with regard to membership
o The Legislative o0 Executive bodies of the Units and the Federal Legislature
shall be restorIed-i.e. the oan on duality of membership shall be reinstated. The
period within wvic.h i member of a Unit Legislative or Executive body is required
to -esign after becoming a member of the Federal Legislature shall however
be three months and not four weeks as provided in,the S.C.A.C. Report.

We note that Clauses 11 and 23 of the consolidated recommendations in
the S.C.A.C. Report (which relate to the ten re of their seats by members of the
Federal Legislature) do not provide that a member of the Federal Legislature
who becomes a member of the Legislature or Executive Council of a unit should
vacate his seat in the Federal Legislature. We agree that this omission should
be rectified and that the exact provision necessary should be a matter for the
Standing ?Federation Committee.

18. The Fiscal Commissioner assumed in paragraph 12 of his Report that
in the initial phase no substantial executive services would be transferred from
units to the Federation. Under the 1953 Plan however, certain non-revenue
producing services relating to defence matters, immigration, emigration and
deportation were included in the Exclusive Legislative List and would have to
be transferred to the Federation immediately. As this may not be practicable,
we agree that the Constitution shall provide that where, immediately before the
coming into force of the Constitution, the Legislature of any unit has power to
make laws relating to a matter included in the Exclu sive Legislative List that
power shall not cease until a notification is published by the Governor-General
in the Oficial Gazette of the unit concerned. Until that date such a matter shall
be deemiiei to be included i.- the Concurrent Legislative List.

19. We consider that the following common or joint services are among
those which are likely to need to be co-oridnated by the Federal Authorities
rather than though a continuance of separate contributions from unit govern-
(i) University College of the West Indies;
(ii) ,student services in the United Kingdom, United States of America and
(iii) intra-regional shipping;
(iv) miscellaneous contributions.
We regard the University College or the West Indies as a matter for the
Exclusive Legislative List though higher education in general including profes-
sional and technological training will be included in the Concurrent Legislative

20. We also agree that the Legislative List shall be amended to take account
of the recommendations of the 1955 Trinidad Conference on Movement of Persons
within the Federation.

21. We agree that as external affairs are on the Exclusive Legislative List
it will be n-ecessary for the Federal Government to assume responsibility for
group membership or associate membership of any international organisation
in which some or all of the federated colonies at present participate.

22. In order to clarify the meaning of the item "External Affairs" in the
Exclusive Legislative List we agree that this item shall be expanded to read as
follows:-"External Affairs, that is to say such external relations (not being
relations between the United Kingdom and any unit) as may from time to time
be entrusted to the Federation by Her Majesty's Government in the United King-
dom." We further agree that though sthe Federal Legislature shall be able to

enact legislation for implementing treaties on any matter it may be very incon-
venient if unit legislatures are unable to pass legislation for implementing treaties
in regard to concurrent and residual matters. We accordingly agree that a clause
shall be inserted in the Constitutional Instrument enabling unit legislatures
to do this.

23. We agree that federal elections shall be held as soon as practicable
after the 1st January, 1958 and in any event not later than the 31st March, 1958.


24. We have discussed the report of the Fiscal Comrr.ssioner (CMD 9618)
and reached agree. ent on the points set out below.

25. There sha'. be included in the preamble to the Constitution a recital
to the effect that it is essential for the economic strength of the Area that there
should be an integrated trade policy for the Federation and that there should
be introduced as fa- as and as quickly as practicable a Customs Union including
internal free trade.

26. There sha be set up as soon as possible, and in any case during 1956,
a Commission (-'. 'Lade and Tariffs to examine and report to the Federal, Gov-
ernment on thr economic, fiscal and other technical problems involved in the
establishment of a Customs Union for the Federal Area bearing in mind the
possible accession cof British Guiana and British Honduras and to work out a
scheme for a Custins Union to be implemented, if necessary, by stages. The
Commission shall be directed to make its report not later than two years after
the setting up of the Federal Government.

27. There shall be provision in the Constitution that the Federal Govern
ment shall during the first five years obtain its revenue from:--
(a) The profits on the curre-ncy issue (i.e. income from Commissions and
interest on investments held as backing for the currency after deducting
expenses o, issue and statutory additions to the reserve funds) and
(b) A mandatory levy on the unit Governments, calculated on the percen-
tage incidence of the Federal duties determined from the figures in
column (S of Table 8 of the Report of the Fiscal Commissioner and
amounting in total to not more than the maximum estimated tax yield
as set out "'i column (3) of Table 7 of that Report.

28. There sh;.J' !also be provision in the Constitution for the Federal Gov-
ernment to have concurrent legislative power to raise revenue by means of Excise
and Customs dutic-' in the manner and subject to the restrictions set out in
the recommen.ati, -,s of the Fiscal Ccmmis':ioner; provided that any revenue
so raised in any ycar during the first five years of Federration shall reduce pro
tanto the amount in that year of the mandatory levy referred to in paragraph
25 (b) above.

29. There shall be added to paragraph 94 of the 1955 Plan the following

"The Conference should inter alia review, in the light of progress made
towards establishing a Customs Union within the Federation and other
relevant factors, the powers conferred by the Constitution on the Federal
Government to impose taxes on income".

30. In connection with 25 (.a) above we agree that as tle Federal Govern-
ment will receive the net profits on the currency issue it will also assume liability
for the losses and deficiencies on the currency issue which are at present the
liability of the unit governments.

31. In view of the increased estimated cost as set out in paragraph 22 of
the Report of the 'Fiscal Commissionei Her Majesty's Governr-ient undertake
to increase their contribution to the cost of the Federal Capital from 506,000
to such sums as may be required up to a maximum of 1,000,000. Her Majesty's
Government further agree that their contribution will be made available as soon
as it is needed thereby deferring the necessity for the Federal Government to
raise by loan the remaining funds required For this purpose as envisaged in the
Report of the Fiscal Commissioner. When the point is reached at which such
loan funds are required Her Majesty's Government undertaKe to facilitate the
London Market for this purpose

32. We discussed the future arrangements for Grants-.in-aid and financial
relations between Her m.-1 ies .'s Government and the Feder 1 Government and
accept the proposals set out in Appendix II which are in general .accord with the
recommendations of the Report of the Fiscal Commissioner.

33. We endorsed the proposals contained in paragraph 3. (1) of the Report
of the Fiscal Commissioner relating to the salary and allowances of the Governor-

34. We also discussed two more general matters not specifically dealt with
in the Report of the Fiscal Commissioner:
(i) We agree in principle to the establishment of a Loans Council with the
task of co-ordinatinEg borrowing by the units and the Federation to be
set up by administrative action subject to whatever legislative sanction
may be required by unit legislatures and with the terms of reference
to be worked out between the unit governments and the Federal Govern-
ment. We also agree that the Federation shall have the power to guar-
antee a loan raised by a unit government.
(ii) We discussed proposals put forward by the West indian Delegations
in regard to outside assistance towards the economic and social develop-
ment of the Caribbean Area. Her Majesty's Government welcome the
initiative taken by the West Indian Delegations in raising this matter
and undertake to consider the next step to be taken on it and to consult
further with the West Indian Governments concerned as soon as possible
after the conclusion of the Conference.

35. Our discussion of this subject was based on the Report of the Civil Service
Commissioner (CMD. 9619). We feel that it will be necessary to amplify certain
of the recommendations for staffing the Federal Civil Service and we agree that

the Report shall be remitted for detailed consideration by the Post-Conference
Organization on the clear understanding that this will in no way be allowed
to delay the inception of the Federation.

36. We recognize that in order to carry out the essential work of preparing
for Federation it will be necessary to appoint certain key officials at an early
date. These posts cover without prejudice to their ultimate designation the
duties normally associated with the appointments of Chief Secretary, Attorney
General, Financial Secretary, Director of Establishments, Commiksioner of Works
and an Organisation and Methods Officer. The Public Service Commission shall
also be appointed at an early date. We agree that after consultation with the
Post-Conference Organisation as to the general character and grading of the
posts referred to above the Secretary cf State shall appoint persons to these
posts and to the Public Service Commission on a provisional basis. These ap-
pointments will ';e subject to confirmation when the Governor-General has
assumed office.

37. With regard to the Civil Service Commissioner's suggestion that the
Conference should consider the question of unifying public services in the British
Caribbean we note that adequate machinery already exists for inter-Unit transfers
in the senior ranks of the Public Service, and that unit governments will oe
unwilling to lose all control over the senior appointments in their own territories
at this stage. While we agree that the greatest freedom for movement of staff
between territories shall be our aim we consider that complete unification of
public services is a separate issue from that of providing a Federal Civil Service.

38. It is of course essential that only the best material shall be obtained for
the Federal Civil Service and it is recognized that unit governments must be
prepared to make some sacrifices in order to provide it. Her Majesty's Govern-
ment make it clear that they will be happy to join with the British Caribbean
Governments in ensuring that suitable o acers are made available. Among
possible ways of filling the posts it is agreed that consideration shall be given
to the recruitment of eminent West Indians who are not at present employed in
the public services and to arrangin.:, where odieers con.corned are xvilling, for
the return of former members of the public services in the West Indies who are
now serving elsewhere in Her Majesty's Oversea Civil Service.

39. In discussing the Report of the Judicial Commissioner (CMD. 9620) it
became ,apparent that a number of recommendations which differed from those
made in the Report of the British Caribbean Standing Closer Association Com-
mittee (Col. No. 255) were not acceptable t all the Delegations and that these
would have to be left for firal decisiuos `,y tfee Post-Conference machinery or the
Federal Government itself. We therefore coiifined ourselves to agreeing upon
the following important aspects of the Report.

40. With regard to the method of appointing Judges to the Federal Supreme
Court we agree that they shall be appointed by the Governor-General after con-
sultation with the Prime Minister.
(It will of course be understood that here, and in other places where we have
used the phrase "after consultation with", the Governor-General having under-
taken that consultation is thereafter free to act in his discretion.)

41. With regard to the tenure of office of Judges of ,the Federal Supreme
Court we note that the Judicial Commissioner recommended the adoption of
paragraph 80 (3) of the 1953 Flan with minor modifications. We decided how-
(i) That a Judge should be. re moveable from office only by the Governor-
General on the receipt of a report from the Judicial Committee of the
Privy Council recommending that the Judge should be removed from
office; and
(ii) That any question of removing a: Judge from office should be referred
to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council by the Governor-General
after consultation with the Prime Minister.

42. We are convinced of the necessity oj ensuring that the Federal Supreme
Court is staffed by Judges of the highest possible calibre, and with this necessity
in mind we discussed the Commissioner's 'ec 'LThun d n t s in paragraph 32
of his Report regarding the minimum qualifications for a Judpge. We agree that
some amendment of these qualifications is vrecuired, and that they sh11ll be defined
as follows: -
(1) That he is or has been a Judge of a Court having unlimited jurisdiction
in civil and criminal matters in some part of Her Majesty's Dominions; or
(2) That he has been in actual practice for no less than 15 years as an
advocate in a court or courts having such unlimited Jurisdiction; periods
of service as an Attorney General or a Solicitor-Geaeral, or as a Govern-
ment Officer practising in such a court, to count in full towards the
qualifying period of 15 years.

43. The extent to which the Federal Supreme Court should be itinerant
appears to us to be o- some importance in so far 7.s its powers o. original jurisdic-
tion are concerned, but less so in the case of appellate jurisdiction where the
presence' of the appellant is often not essential. We suggest that the Federal
Supreme Court shoau i normally sit in six prescribed. centres, Barbados, British
Guiat,, Jsmaic2, on,_ fl the Leeward Islands, Trinidad and one of the Windward
Islands and should normally hear a case in the centre nearest the territory in
which it ,arises. The Court shall however have discretion to hear a case in the
actual territory in v'hich it arises, if not c.'.e of the prescrir-ed centres, or in a
centre which is not the nearest to that territory. We also suggest that the centre
in the Windward islands and the centre in the Leeward Islands might be changed
from time to time. We agree however that these are details which can. be left
to the discretion of the Court which may wish to vary its praci.ice in the light
of experience. We recocnise that these arrangements cannot preclude ihe need
for litigants occasionally to travel considerable distances to attend sessions of
the Court, and we suggest that the Court Rules could make provision for the pay-
ment of travelling expenses to such litigants if this seems desirable.

44. We do not favour a system under which Judges of the unit Supreme
Courts would be ex officio Members of the Federal Supreme Court (paragraphs
41-43 of the Report) but the experience of other regional Courts of Appeal
suggests that great inconvenience can be avoided if it is permissible to use the
services of Judges of the courts of the Region when Members of the Court of
Appeal are through sickness or for any other reason unable-to sit. We therefore
recognize that it may from time to time orove convenient to appoint Judges of
the unit supreme courts as Acting Judges of the Federal Supreme Court under

the provision for Acting Judges that is proposed in paragraph 41 of the Report.
We agree that the qualification for Acting Judges must be no less than those
for a full appointment.

45. We note the recommendation of the Judicial Commissioner (paragraph
55 of his report, that the Federal Suprn.me Court should be constituted a Court
of Criminal Appeal f'r:-,i the Supreme Courts of the Units in the exercise of
their original criminal Juriisricticn. As '; appears however that under the present
circumstances Unit, courts of criminal appeall may be required to sit frequently
in order to avoid delay in di,;posing o-i cases, we agree that provision shall be
included in the Constitution for Unit courts oF appeal to be retained at the
option of unit legislatht,-es a.: for appe .s to lie from them to the Federal Court
within the appropriate safeguarding limits.

46. We .agree h,,.t the recor-nnendations of the Judicial Commissioner relat-
ing to Appeals to t'h Privy Co-uncil (Cihapter V of his Report) shall be modified
as follows:
(i) There sha)J Le no ri''ht of appeal from the Supreme Court of a Unit direct
to the Privv Council except with the leave of the Federal Supreme Court,
which sh-alh V p~ 'artei only in exceptional circumstances to be defined
by Federal Law.
(ii) There shall however be no restriction on the prerogative right of Her
Majesty in Council to grant special leave to appeal to the Priey Council
from any decision of a unit Supreme Court or the Federal Supreme Court.

47. We discussed the oue-tion of t!'e Federal Supreme Court by the British
Caribbean Territories which vill not bL, Members of the Federation, and agree
that the Constitution shall m.iike it possible for those territories to use the Fed-
eral Supreme Court. We propose that .he financial and administrative implica-
tions of making i-he Court available to those territories shall be considered by
the Post-Conference Organr a!ion.

48. We pyr-poo'e that the Post,-C inferencee Organisation or the Federal
Government itself shall be left to reacn decisions upon any other points arising
out of the Judicial Comnissioner's Rei:,ort.

4I. We conwi'.cred the work that rr ist b'e carried out between the Conference
and dhe appointment oi a Governom-Leneral and recognize that it falls under
two main heado,-Constitutional and Administrative.

Vl. On the Constitutional side, a complete draft constitution will have to
be agreed and this will involve decisions on points of detail not covered by the
1953 Plan or the Cunclusions of the pl.esent Conference. We were told that a
draft could be prepared in the Colon,',l Office to be ready for consideration by
the Standing Federation Committee ih. November or December 1956.

51. The Adnministrativc work consist, of the measures that will have to be
taken, both before 0,h appointment of a Governor General and between his
appointment anc the elections for the first Federal Legislature to ensure that

when the elections have been held there will be in existence an administrative
machine to carry out the business of the Government. This entails such things
.as the selection of key officers and the setting up of skeleton departments at an
early stage, the acquisition of buildings, including housing, for the temporary
Federal Capital, the drafting of laws, regulations, standing orders for the Federal
Assembly, etc., arrangements for meeting expenditure on the Prefederal measures
and for permanent public services and otner matters.

52. In our present Session we have settled all the major issues relating to
the constitution. We agree that:-
(i0 The British Caiiblean Delegations to the Conference shall continue as
a Standing Bo6y to carry out the functions set out in paragraphs 50
and 5.1 above. It will remain in being until the Federal Elections result
in the setting up of a full Federal Government.
(ii) For the purpose of its functions under paragraph (i) above it shall be
known as a Standing Committee of the Federation of the British Carib-
bean (or Standing Federation Comamittee). Its Chairman shall be the
Comptroller for Development and Welfare as commissioner for the
preparation of the Federal Organisation, until the appointment of the
Governor-General of the Fedier.tion. When the Governor-General is
appointed, it shall be constitutionally appropriate that he shall be for-
mally responsible for the steps still remaining before the Federal
Elections, but the Standing Federation Committe will no doubt continue
to operate .as a body advisory to the Governor-General, in which case
he will then preside over it.
tiii) The British Caribbean composition of the Standing Federation Commit-
tee will be the same as that of the Conference i.e. a total of 16 exclusive
of the Chairman and drawn from the territories concerned in the
proportions, Barbados 3, Jamaica 3, the Leeward Islands 3 (1 each) for
Antigua, St. 1Kitts-Nevis and Ar ;,uilla, and Montserrat), Trinidad and
Tobago 3, and the Windward Isl2nds 4, (1 each, for Dominica, Grenada,
&:;. Lucia and St. Vincent). Governments will from time to time appoint
to represent them the individuals they consider most appropriate.
Decisions will be taken when necessary by a simple majority of votes
cast, with one vote for each of the 16 British Caribbean representatives
and one casting vote for the Chairman. British Guiana will be entitled
to send 2 observer's and British Honduras 1 observer, on the same basis
they have attended the present Conference, i.e., that on matters on
which they are directly concerned, such as the Federal Supreme Court,
the are regarded as full members, and that on other issues confined to
the Federation itself their status is that of observers only.

53. The Committee will be responsible as set out above for reaching agree-
ment on questions arising out of the DD fting of the Constit'Ition and on the
Draft Constitution itself. It will also set in notion and supervise the administrative
work outlined in paragraph 51. It will als, be responsible for settling the number.
responsibilities and salaries of the posts to be filled before the Federal Govern
ment comes into being. The Secretary of State will be responsible for the
provisional appointment of officers to the costss in question, subject as appropriate
to consultation with the Public Serice Commission. All such appointments will
be subject to the confirmation of the Governor-General.

54. We considered the position of those which have not yet decided to join
the Federation, that is, British Guiana, British Honduras and the British Virgin
Islands. We very much nope that these territories will at a later stage decide
to join. We have already set out in Chapter III the way in which we have agreed
to make it easy for them to do so. As regards their participation in certain
regional activities we agree that these territories should be enabled, on reim-
bursement of an appropriate proportion of the costs to use the Regional Economic,
Advisory and Co-ordinating services which the Federal Government will organise
and administer, and also to participate with the Federal territories in group
Membership of international Governmental organizations.

55. We also agree that the .appellate jurisdiction of the Federal Supreme
Court shall be extended to British Guiana and British Honduras, and that
British Guiana shall be one of the prescribed centres in which the Court will sit.

56. We set out in Chapter VII the way in which we have agreed that the
Governments of British Guiana and British Honduras shall be entitled to parti-
cipate in the wor!-. leading up to the establishment of the Federation.

57. We note that the British Virgin Islands have expressed -a wish to remain
outside Federation but, notwithstanding this and the absence of any represen-
tative from the Presidency at the Conference, we would welcome the participa-
tion of the Br-iih Virgin Isian s in Federal Economic, Advisory and Co-ordinating
services in il', s:me manner ar(1 on th.e same terms as British Guiana and
British Hondvuras Clearly prcvs'an will also have to be made for appeals from
the Fritish Vi'i,,.in Islands to be i'eard by the Federal Supreme Court since these
islands share a Supreme Court with the rest of the Leeward Islands and the
Windward Islands.

58. We agree that in staffing the Federal Civil Service consideration shall
be given to mer.-:, rs of the British Guiana and British Honduras services equally
with those of the West Indian Government Services.

59. The Secre;arv of State said during the Conference that the organisation
of the Comaittrolih' ior Development and Welfare in the West Indies would be
wound u- wxi n ix ;.ior .- of the ctilblishr.ment of the Federal Go',ernment.
The extent to -vwich i:;;s Advisor, Services should be taken over by the Federal
Government vwocuLd be a inmtter for consideration by the Standing Federation
Committee, and from tih, e to 1time by the Federal Government. We have agreed
in Chapter III that an addition shall be made to the exclusive list to enable them
to do so. We h.ve also agreed that. the Federal Government shall undertake
the co-ordinatior of Colorial Development and Welfare schemes to the extent
that this is at present carried out by the organisation (see Chapter III and Ap-
pendix ID).

60. We have given mn',ch thought to the question of the most suitable site
for the Federal Cf.pital. The decision of the 1953 Conference in favour of Grenada
had not been endorsed by all the Le'ilatures, and it was therefore necessary
for us to review the matter afresh. After lengthy discussion, we have reached
the conclusion that we are not in possession of all the information necessary

to enable us to reach a final decision on an issue of such far reaching importance
to the future of the Federation. We therefore agree that the Secretary of State
should be asked to appoint a fact-finding Commission which shall be instructed
to submit recommendations to the Standing Federation Committee on the three
most suitable s'tes in order of preference for the Capital, bearing in mind the
following factors: -
(1) Political and social sentiment throughout the areas.
(2) The convenience of the site in relation to the Federal area.
(3) The availability of land both for immediate buildings and for future
(4) The cost of the necessary buildings on the selected site and other works
taking into account the availability of temporary accommodation and
costs of construction in the island in question.
(5) The suitability of communications by sea, air, cable, telephones and
(6) The services available:
fa) General accommodation. including housing for staff (b) Hotels;
(c) Ceneral urban facilities (d) Water Supplies; (e) Electricity and
Power: (f) Educational facilities: (g) the availability of suitable recruits
for subordinate posts in the Federal Service.

61. We consider that this Commission should be composed of three wholly
impartial persons who have never resided in the West Indies. A Chairman of
broad general experience, an Architect-Town Planner and a Financial Expert;
that it should be appointed as soon as practicable; and that it should submit
its report within four months froi- the date it starts work. The final decision
on the site of 1he Capital will be taken by the Standing Federation Committee
in the light of this Report, .voting in accordance with the procedure set out in
paragraph 52 (iii) above.

62. We a'ree that the Governments of the unit territories should be asked
to promulgate 'n Annual Holid.y throughout the British Caribbean, to be known
as Federation DPy in comreOemorR.ion of the historic decision to federate taken
at this Confer ene. In future yean- that day should be the 23rd February being
the d.v' that +his Report is signed: in 1956 we considered that it would be appro-
prisate to celebrate Federation Dav on 'he day that the Enabling Bill, to which
we refer in the following paragraph, receives T-Ter Majesty's Assent.

63. At the outset of the Conference the Secretary of State said that if the
Conference redcbed ?,ereement he was prepared to seek leave to introduce an
Enabling. Bill into parliament at an early date. It is the unanimous agreement
of those of us -"ho have had the honour to represent the British Caribbean Colo-
nies on this historic occasion that our countries should be bound together in
Federation, nr,-1 we soleir.nl declare our earnest wish that the Secretary of
State may seek leave to introduce a Bill accordingly.

Signed this twenty-third day of February, 1956:--
V. C BIRD. D. A. SCOTT, (Secretary General).

23rd February, 1956.



Hitherto gzants-in-aid of the expenses of Administration have been paid by
Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom to certain of the Leeward
Islands and hc Windward Islands. The Report of the 1953 Conference dealt with
the issue of gr mnts-in-aid as follows:-
"The S.C.A.C. Report had pointed out that in a fully independent, financially
self-sul orin, federation, any charges arising out of grants-in-aid of the
ordinary cornse of administration of the separate units would fall to be
met from Lederal funds. The report contemplated, however, that, as an
interim arrangement designed to facilitate the transition to the more per-
manent ar rangcment outlined above, Her Majesty's Government should
make to the Federal Government for a period of say ten years in all an
annual grant equivalent to the average amount actually issued by way of
grant-in-aid of administration over the five years preceding the establishment
of the federation.
We we' e informed during the Conference that Her Majesty's Government,
subject to he approval of Parliament in due course accepted the underlying
purposes c the S.C.A.C. Reports proposal, which might be described as
adequate assistance during the initial period of federation without detailed
control. We understand that Her Majesty's Government are, therefore, pre-
pared to giant assistance in respect of the initial ten years on the general
lines envis 'ged in that Report. The formula there proposed might however
be insuffici nt to meet the case; on the other hand, it is difficult to put for-
ward at this stage any revised formula which may not be equally subject to

error in the event, seeing that federation cannot be established at once.
We were informed that in these circumstances Her Majesty's Government
consider that the actual amount of the grant can only be ne(o tiated nearer
the time when federation cones into existence in the light of the position
and prospects at that time, and that it would be unrealistic even then to
attempt to settle a figure for more than five years in the first instance.
Meanwhile, we were assured that, in respect of the first five years, the annual
grant would not be less than the average of the deficit incurred by the grant
aided territories on their ordinary budgets during the previous three years."
It is proposed, subject to the approval of Parliament, to carry ;ut this under-
taking in the following mariner During the initial ten years there will be an
annual grant paid to the federal Government. The grant will be fixed in the
manner described, and will be governed by the terms and conditions set out in
paragraphs 38-40 of the Report of the 1953 Conference.

2. As a matter of convenience, and in accordance with the recommendation
of the Fiscal Commission, the change will be made with effect from the 1st
January following the establishment of the Federal Government.

The actual fixing of the amount of the grant to be paid by Her M. es-,'s Govern-
ment to the Federal Government in respect of the first five years .,. ill -,e deferred
until nearer the time of Lhe establishment of the federation whe '., -njre reliable
information will be available. The figure will then be calculated on the basis of
the foreseeable deficits of the Unit Governments concerned, due re-ard being
paid to the views of the Fiscal Commission in paragraph 128 of their Report.
It is proposed that the standing Federation Committee should be assked to agree
on a general basis of calculations and that th-e Financial Secretaries of the fed-
eral and unit Governments should visit the United Kingdom for detailedd discus-
sions about six months before the federation is to he fully established.

will be the responsibility of the Federal Gove nment to determi:-. the level of
the assistance to be given to a unit Governmer t to enable it to bal..'ice its budget,
and Her Majesty's Government welcome che proposal that an '..dvisory Com-
mittee should be set up on the lines contemplated by the Fiscal Commissioner
to assist the Federal Government in this task. The precise composition of the
Committee could be decided upon later.

5. It is proposed that, in accordance with the recommendations in para-
graphs 146 and 149 of the Fiscal Commission's Rmort, this assist ance should,
at least in the early years of federation, take the rorm of a (partial) guarantee
of total revenue, the level of guarantee being decided each year by +he Federal
Government after scrutiny of the draft estimates of the unit Government.

G. ADMINISTRATION or GRANT-IN-AID (a) Her Majesty's Governnient's block
grant to the Federal Government. It is proposed that the block gi' nt should
be paid over in agreed quarterly instalments throughout the first f.ve year period.
All such payments would be reserved by the Federal Government for the sole
purpose of aiding the budgets of unit Governments who are unable to balance
their budgets from their own resources.

7. Any balance of the block grants not required for this purpose and re-
maining in the hands of the Federal Government at the end of the first five
year period would be carried forward into the second five year period as con-
templated by the 1953 Conference.

8. All instalments of the block grants would, on receipt by the Federal
Government, be credited to a deposit account in the books of that Government.
The subsequent treatment of these receipts in the accounts of the federation
and the form of audited statements to be furnished to Her Majesty's Government
by the Federal Government in respect of these receipts and also of payments
would be set out in accounting instructions which are issued automatically by
the Colonial Office in connection with all ,rants-in-aid. These would not affect
the responsibility of the Federal Government as set out in paragraph 5.

It is considered that the detailed proposals for administering the grants, as set
out in paragraph 149 of tne Fiscal Commission's Report should be followed, and
the other proposals in this note are based on the understanding that this will
be done.

10. FINANCIAL CONTROL. It is proposed, that, as from. the 1st January fol-
lowing the establishment of the federal Lion -the detailed control exercised by Her
Majesty's Government over the finances of the unit Governments hitherto in
receipt of grants-in-aid from Her Majesty's Government should cease; that it
should thereafter be the responsibility of the Federal Government to exercise
proper control of the finances of thoFs unit Governments to which grants are
being provided, and to maintain that control even although no grant is required
in a particular year, until such time as the Federal Government is satisfied that
the finances of the unit Government are sound and the likelihood of reversion
to grant-insaid assistance is removed.

11. At the same time, in order to meet the difficulties mentioned in para-
graphs 133-135 of the Fiscal Commission's Report, there should be a substantial
devolution of the Secretary of State's powers of financial control in relation to
all the unit Governments, whether in receipt of grants from the Federal Govern-
ment or not. Broadly speaking the budgets of the Governments would no longer
be subject to approval of the Secretary of State. It would however be essential,
both in view of the Secretary of State's ultimate responsibilities, and-* in the direct
interests of the colonial governments s concerned having regard to their possible
external borrowing needs, that there should be close consultation between the
Colonial Office and Governments concerned in respect of the latter's broad
financial policies. No difficuly of principle seems to arise over arrangements
for such consultation, the details of which should, it is suggested, be worked
out later.

the intention that the territorial allocations made in respect of the current period
ending 31st March, 1960 should not be disturbed and that all territorial schemes
existing at the time of federation and schemes to be made thereafter out of
those allocations should continue to be administered by the unit Governments.
Bearing in mind however the effect on the budgets of unit governments of
recurrent expenditure resulting from capital expenditure under Colonial Develop-


ment and Welfare Schemes it is clearly necessary that there should be close
consultation between the Federal Government and unit Governments on all
matters affecting existing schemes and proposals for making new schemes.

13. It is suggested that the necessary co-ordination would be achieved by
the Federal Government undertaking the functions at present performed by
the Comptroller, Development and Welfare Organisation.

Report of the 1953 Conference contemplated that He- Majesty's Government
might make additional grants in the way of special assistance to unit Govern-
ments in the event of their suffering natural disasters. Any such grant would 4e
given direct to the unit Government by Her Majesty's Government and would
not involve the unit Government in general financial control over its budget
by Her Majesty's Government. The nature and extent of control to be exercised
over the expenditure out of the grant would be set out in the normal accounting
instructions at the time the assistance was approved.


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