§ 33 and 34. Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he is aware that a candidate for election to the Legislative Council of British Guiana must have an annual income of £250 or possess property value £208 in order to be eligible for nomination; and what steps he proposes to take to abolish these qualifications;
(2) if he is aware that a voter in the election of the Legislative Council of British Guiana must be literate and possess three acres of land or property of £31 5s. in value, or pay £10 rent, or Income Tax of £4 3s. 4d., or have an income of £25 per year; and what steps he proposes to take to make the franchise more democratic.
§ Mr. Rees-Williams
As the Governor has announced, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has agreed to appoint a special Commission to visit British Guiana next year to make recommendations on the franchise, the composition of the Legislative Council, and related matters.
§ Mr. C. S. Taylor
Does the hon. Gentleman think it would be better if the electors were illiterate?