HC Deb 23 June 1954 vol 529 cc417-8
45. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what progress has been made by the British Guiana Government with the recently-announced schemes of economic development.

Mr. Lyttelton

Much has been done. Two large drainage and irrigation projects are going ahead, a Government housing programme prepared by United Kingdom experts has started, the general manager of the Credit Corporation has been appointed and applications for loans are being considered. Equipment for other schemes is on order and preliminary surveys for road works, etc., are under way. I will send the hon. Member details.

Mr. Robinson

While it is good to know that a start has been made, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that the poverty of that country was largely the cause of the recent difficulties there? Would he use his authority to bring a real sense of urgency into this matter?

Mr. Lyttelton

The British Guiana Government, since they got rid of the previous one, are making very good progress and are doing it very quickly. I cannot accept the other part of the hon. Member's supplementary.