HC Deb 19 February 1857 vol 144 c836

said, he would beg to ask whether it was true that, in consequence of a Resolution passed by the Combined Court, a communication was addressed by the Governor of British Guiana to Her Majesty's Colonial Secretary in June last, on the subject of receiving Convicts from this Country; and, if so, whether there was any objection to lay a Copy of such Correspondence on the table of the House?


said, it was true that the Legislature of British Guiana had been considering whether the penal establishment at present existing in that colony could be made available for convicts from the West Indies and also from this country. The Governor of British Guiana, in transmitting that information, gave it as his opinion that although that penal settlement might be made available for convicts from the West India Islands, he considered that it could not be properly made available for convicts from England, in consequence of the nature of the climate; and that was an opinion in which he (Mr. Labouchere) entirely concurred. He could not help adding, in reference to that subject, that he had read with the greatest pleasure that paragraph in the Speech of the Emperor of the French to the Legislature of that country in which he stated that the French Government intended to withdraw their convict establishment from the neighbouring colony of Cayenne, on account of the frightful mortality which had prevailed there. With regard to the correspondence to which the hon. Gentleman referred, he had only to say that he could have no objection to its production.