The Leeward Islands’ debating Competition is an annual event that first took place in 1972 A.D. It was founded by George Irish of Montserrat. Traditionally, it brought together sixth formers from participating Member Islands to debate issues germane to region. Today, the debaters are not necessarily sixth formers as secondary and tertiary level students who are not sixth formers, have also represented their territories. The competition has become an important forum, promoting the interaction of young people from across the Leewards as they engage in one of the oldest activities of civilization.
Over the years, the competition took place over the Easter weekend. However, with the advent of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations and the requirement for students to write external examinations annually – starting early in May – as well as three internal assessment per subject – with an April deadline for submission – the usual date proved less than ideal. Thus, the L.I.D.C. has been moved to the first weekend in March.