Trinidad and Tobago Independence Act 1962
|Long title||An Act to make provision for, and in connection with, the attainment by Trinidad and Tobago of fully responsible status within the Commonwealth.|
|Citation||1962 c. 54|
|Royal assent||1 August 1962|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Trinidad and Tobago Independence Act 1962 (c. 54) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that granted independence to Trinidad and Tobago with effect from 31 August 1962. The Act also provided for the granting of a new Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago to take effect upon independence.
Background to enactment
The bill was first presented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as the Trinidad and Tobago Independence Bill on 4 July 1962, by Secretary of State for the Colonies, Reginald Maudling. It was passed in the House of Commons after a third reading and committee on 6 July 1962, without amendments. It entered the House of Lords on 9 July 1962 and was read by George Petty-Fitzmaurice, 8th Marquess of Lansdowne (The Minister of State for Colonial Affairs) on 16 July 1962. It was passed in the House of Lords on 26 July 1962 without any amendments.
Key areas of the Act included:
- Section 1 - ceding responsibility from the United Kingdom
- Section 2 - effects of citizenship and British nationality. This section was later repealed by the British Nationality Act 1981.
- First Schedule - granting legislative powers to the legislature of Trinidad and Tobago
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- "Hansard, July 6 1962". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Hansard, July 16 1962". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "Hansard, July 26 1962". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 13 October 2015.
- "The London Gazette" (PDF). The London Gazette. 3 August 1962. Retrieved 13 October 2015.