HC Deb 23 November 1949 vol 470 c358
38. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what proportion of employees on sugar estates in British Guiana are still housed in barrack lines; and what steps are being taker to rehouse them.

Mr. Rees-Williams

According to the latest figures available, some 6,000 families, of a total of some 76,000 residents on the estates, are still housed in ranges. The Colony's ten-year development plan provides for co-operation between Government and the sugar industry for their rehousing.

Mr. Hynd

If an increase in the price of sugar is to be allowed, could a proportion of that be allocated towards the housing of the workers?

Mr. Rees-Williams

That is a possibility, but I must point out that these 6,000 people are not workers on the estates. They are residents on the estates, not workers. Therefore, the Government feel that the primary responsibility for their rehousing rests on the Government there.