Barbados Independence Act 1966
|Long title||An Act to make provision for, and in connection with, the attainment by Barbados of fully responsible status within the Commonwealth.|
|Citation||1966 c. 37|
|Royal assent||17 November 1966|
Status: Current legislation
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
|Revised text of statute as amended|
The Barbados Independence Act 1966 (c. 37) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that granted independence to Barbados with effect from 30 November 1966. The Act also provided for the granting of a new constitution to take effect upon independence, which was done by the Barbados Independence Order 1966.
As a result of the Act, Barbados became the fourth English-speaking country in the West Indies to achieve full independence from the United Kingdom, after Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana. At independence, Barbados became a member of the Commonwealth of Nations as a Commonwealth realm; ; prior to this, Barbados had been a fully self-governing British colony from 1961.
Background to enactment
The bill was first presented in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom as the Barbados Independence Bill on 28 October 1966, by Secretary of State for the Colonies, Frederick Lee. It was passed in the House of Commons after a third reading and committee on 2 November 1966, without amendments. It entered the House of Lords on 3 November 1966 and was read by Malcolm Shepherd, 2nd Baron Shepherd on 10 November 1966. It was passed in the House of Lords on 15 November 1966 without any amendments.
- "Hansard, October 28, 1966". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Hansard, November 2 1966". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Hansard, November 10 1966". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "Hansard, November 15, 1966". Commons and Lords libraries. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
- "The London Gazette". The London Gazette. 22 November 1966. Retrieved 8 January 2020.