HC Deb 13 December 1939 vol 355 cc1179-80
25. Mr. Paling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the rising cost of living in British Guiana, any increase in wages has been made to the workers in the Colony, and to workers on the sugar estates in particular?

Mr. MacDonald

I understand that wages have been increased in certain industries, and that in other industries, including the sugar industry, as well as in the case of certain Government employés, the question is under consideration.

Mr. Paling

Is there not considerable disquiet in the sugar industry in particular in this Colony at the present time, and will the right hon. Gentleman see that these wages are increased?

Mr. MacDonald

There is a good deal of discussion about the matter, and the representatives of the employers and the employés are now in touch on the matter.