Britain's Colonial Secretary, Iain Macleod, accompanied by his wife, flew into Kingston, Jun 3, for a 2-week tour of the West Indies.
Britain's Colonial Secretary, Iain Macleod, accompanied by his wife, flew into Kingston, Jun 3, for a 2-week tour of the West Indies. At the airport to greet them were Governor of Jamaica, Sir Kenneth Blackburne and the Premier, Mr. Manley. Mr Macleod is to meet the Prime Ministers of the islands, and leading politicians, to discuss differences holding up the development of the of the West Indies Federation.
It is expected that Mr Macleod will discuss Jamaica's emigration problem with Mr Manley, and our cameraman filmed the arrival of 1,200 Jamaicans at Kingston, May 29, when they embarked on the liner"Irpinia" for a new life in Britain. Poverty and rapid population growth in the Caribbean countries might produce an increased flow on emigrants into U.K. in the near future. Emigration from the West Indies - mainly from Jamaica - reached its peak in 1955/6 when 177,300 entered Britain each year. This removed only two out of every five added to its population - the others remained to swell the number of people on the island each year by 45,000.
Speaking in Kingston, Jun 2, Mr Manley said that a popular referendum will be held next year to decide whether Jamaica will secede from the Federation or remain in it. He stated that the decision to hold a referendum, the first in the island's history, was prompted by the declared policy of the Jamaica Labour Party, opposing the continued membership of the West Indies Federation.