WEST INDIES ACT

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS

   1   Power of Her Majesty to provide for secession of colonies from and dissolution of the West Indies

   2   Power of Her Majesty to provide for interim performance of functions heretofore performed by Federal authorities for benefit of federated colonies

   3   Compensation scheme for officers of Federal public service

   4   Power of Her Majesty to establish common Courts for West Indian colonies

   5   Power of Her Majesty to provide for government of certain West Indian colonies

   6   Power of Her Majesty to establish new forms of government in place of the West Indies

   7   Supplementary provisions as to Orders in Council

   8   Grants for benefit of certain West Indian colonies

   9   Expenses

   10   Short title, interpretation and repeals

      SCHEDULE

 

THE WEST INDIES ACT

[Date of Commencement: 18th April, 1962]

1   Power of Her Majesty to provide for secession of colonies from and dissolution of the West Indies

   (1) Her Majesty may-

   (a)    by Order in Council provide for a colony's ceasing to be included in the Federation established by virtue of section one of the British Caribbean Federation Act, 1956, by the name of the West Indies (in this Act referred to as "the Federation");

   (b)    by Order in Council dissolve the Federation and, with it, the authorities established by virtue of subparagraph (i) of paragraph (a) of subsection (1) of that section (in this Act referred to as the "Federal authorities").

   (2) An Order in Council under paragraph (a) of the foregoing subsection may as respects the colony for the cesser of inclusion of which in the Federation provision is made by the Order, and an Order in Council under paragraph (b) of that subsection may as respects each colony included in the Federation immediately before the dissolution thereof,-

   (a)    determine, or provide for the determination of, the laws which, after the cesser or, as the case may be, the dissolution, are (subject to any amendment or repeal by the legislature of the colony or other competent authority) to remain valid as respects the colony notwithstanding the cesser or, as the case may be, the dissolution;

   (b)    adapt or modify, or empower any such authority as may be specified in the Order to adapt or modify, to such extent as Her Majesty in Council or that authority, as the case may be, thinks necessary or expedient in view of the cesser or, as the case may be, the dissolution, any laws having effect in the colony and any other laws relating or referring to the colony or the Federation.

2   Power of Her Majesty to provide for interim performance of functions heretofore performed by Federal authorities for benefit of federated colonies

   (1) With a view to securing that, notwithstanding the exclusion of colonies from, or the dissolution of, the Federation, the performance of functions performed by the Federal authorities for the benefit of the colonies which at the passing of this Act are included in the Federation is maintained pending the making, apart from this section, of arrangements in that behalf of a permanent nature, Her Majesty may by Order in Council provide for the establishment of an authority to be charged, or authorities to be severally charged, with the duty of performing for the benefit of those colonies, or of such of them as may be specified in the Order, any such functions (being functions which at the passing of this Act are, for the benefit of all or any of those colonies, performed by any of the Federal authorities) as may be specified in the Order, and such other (if any) functions as may be so specified.

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