HC Deb 05 May 1890 vol 344 c128
MR. WATT (Glasgow, Camlachie)

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to inform the House if the Secretary of State has decided upon a scheme of Constitutional Reform for the colony of British Guiana; whether the old Dutch institution, in operation before the colony, became British, of selection by means of a College of Keizers, consisting of seven life members, is to be abolished, and direct representation by ballot substituted; whether any extension of the franchise is to take place; whether he has decided as to the number of elective members to be appointed by the inhabitants of the colony; and whether he can give any further information with regard to the proposed scheme of reform?


Her Majesty's Government have decided upon some points in a scheme of reform of the Constitution of British Guiana; but other points are still under discussion with the Colonial Government, and the Secretary of State is not prepared to state the nature of the proposed reforms until the scheme is completely settled.