Ministers from the sugar producing countries of the British Commonwealth have begun arriving in London for talks with the British Government on the future of their industry and its relations with the Common Market after Britain's entry.
MS Robert Lightbourne down aircraft steps.
CU Robert Lightbourne speaking;
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): MR. LIGHTBOURNE: " Well, I'm hoping that Britain and the sugar cane producers of the Commonwealth that we can reconcile our views. As you know we're not satisfied at he moment that our interests will be protected by this. On the other hand the United Kingdom's given us certain assurances, she's always kept food faith for us and I think it's a question of reconciling views.
INTERVIEWER: If the suggested formula isn't changed what will the effect be on Jamaica?
MR. LIGHTBOURNE: Well, I don't want to contemplate that first of all that Britain won't keep faith, that's something I've never contemplated. I merely say this of course that if anything were to happen to our sugar industry it would not only economically damage us seriously, but also politically, as far as out stability goes because of the very large amount of employment in the sugar industry. This could really be pretty disastrous. But I don't contemplate that."
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Background: Ministers from the sugar producing countries of the British Commonwealth have begun arriving in London for talks with the British Government on the future of their industry and its relations with the Common Market after Britain's entry.
One of the first to arrive on Saturday (May 29) was the Jamaican Trade Minister, Mr. Robert Lightbourne. He told reporters at London Airport that if anything were to happen to his country' sugar industry the effects would be disastrous.
He was interviewed by the British Broadcasting Corporation's (B.B.C) Commonwealth correspondent, Jim Biddulph.