§ 28. Mr. D. Jones
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the serious increase in the number of unemployed persons in British Guiana, by comparison with a year ago; of the concern of the citizens at this increase; what steps he is taking to provide alternative employment; and what additional assistance he is providing the Governor, in order to commence schemes of work to relieve the situation.
§ Mr. Lyttelton
The number of registered unemployed increased during the past year by some 500 to 2,654. There should be many new opportunities for work, as the development plans for the Colony are carried out. These include extensive drainage and irrigation schemes, initiated under the previous Government, the first of which has been approved at an estimated cost of some £1,600,000. Towards this Her Majesty's Government will grant £900,000 under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.