HC Deb 09 March 1938 vol 332 cc1878-9
31. Mr. Lunn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the terms of a resolution passed by a large and representative public meeting in Georgetown, British Guiana, on 7th February, and handed to the Governor of the Colony on 15th February; and whether, in view of the fact that the resolution, which appeals for an official investigation of the social conditions and potential economic development of Jamaica, Barbados and British Guiana, is signed by representative religious, municipal, social and trade union leaders of the last-mentioned Colony, he will take steps to give effect to this appeal?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The answer to the first part of the question is in the negative. As regards the second part, the Governor of British Guiana will no doubt send me a copy of the resolution and his observations thereon.

Mr. Lunn

Is it the intention of the right hon. Gentleman to listen to these people and to send out a Commission to inquire into the source of the trouble?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I cannot add anything to what I said the other day in the Debate.

39. Mr. R. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there has been any improvement in the sea-defence position in British Guiana during the past year?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

A programme of new construction and replacement works was drawn up by the Director of Public Works and Sea Defences early in 1937, and was approved on the recommendation of the Governor. In addition, provision was made in the Colony's estimates for normal expenditure on maintenance and administration and for the special hydrographic survey to which I referred in my reply to the question by the hon. Member on 10th March, 1937. This survey has been continued throughout the year.

Mr. Robinson

Has there been any improvement in the situation as a result of this action during the past year?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

Yes, Sir, there has been considerable expenditure in connection with the problem of keeping out the sea in British Guiana.

Mr. Maxton

They are more particular about keeping it out there than in Norfolk.

Mr. MacLaren

It is in the landlord's hands in both cases.