HC Deb 23 November 1949 vol 470 cc357-8
37. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the percentage of illiteracy amongst the East Indians in British Guiana; and what steps are being taken to deal with it.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The latest estimates put the figure at over 40 per cent. The Colony's ten-year development plan provides for the extension of primary education. An experimental literacy campaign was carried out in 1948, and is being continued this year.