HC Deb 07 December 1949 vol 470 c1861
26. Mr. Rankin

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps are being taken to consult the people of British Guiana on changes in the Franchise and the composition of the Legislative Council in view of the fact that a Commission of Inquiry is to visit the Colony next year.

Mr. Rees-Williams

In announcing the Commission of Inquiry the Governor has invited all concerned in the Colony to give these important matters earnest thought, and to be ready to submit their considered views to the Commission.

Mr. Rankin

May I take it that the reply of my hon. Friend covers the workingclass, both organised and unorganised, who may have views on that matter? Also, would he say when the Commission will set out next year? Will it be at the beginning, the middle, or the end of the year?

Mr. Rees-Williams

As to the latter part of the supplementary question, it is possible that the Commission will arrive in British Guiana about the end of 1950 so as to be ready for the next election of the Council in 1953. As to the first part of the supplementary question, I am sure that the Governor will take every opportunity of consulting all classes in the community.