HC Deb 30 November 1949 vol 470 cc1139-40
32 Mr. Skinnard

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he will inquire into the lack of medical supplies and hospital accommodation at Lethem, British Guiana, as a result of which 50 Indians died in a recent outbreak of measles;

(2) how many Indians live on the Government Compound at Lethem in British Guiana; what type of accommodation is provided for them; and whether Europeans have freedom of access to the women's quarters;

(3) whether he is aware that an Indian woman in the Rupununi district of British Guiana was recently stripped and flogged in front of her children and a group of men; and whether he will ensure that the present regulations governing the employment of Indians are strictly applied.

Mr. Creech Jones

I have at present, no information on these subjects, but I have asked the Governor for a report and will communicate with the hon. Member when I receive it.

Mr. Skinnard

In communicating with the Governor, will my right hon. Friend make special inquiries whether there has been any smuggling of spirits across the nearby Brazilian border, to which some troubles are attributed?

Mr. Wyatt

In view of the serious allegations contained in these Questions would my right hon. Friend communicate his answer to the whole House, and not merely to one hon. Member?