HC Deb 26 October 1955 vol 545 cc164-5
3. Miss Lee

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decisions have been reached by Her Majesty's Government on the recommendations regarding local government made to the Government of British Guiana in the official Report presented by Mr. A. H. Marshall.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Her Majesty's Government have decided that the reorganisation of local government in British Guiana should be carried out along the broad lines recommended in Dr. Marshall's admirable Report. As a first step, the extra staff recommended by Dr. Marshall is being selected. Copies of the Report and the statement made by Her Majesty's Government when it was published have been placed in the Library of the House.

Miss Lee

While thanking the Minister for that reply, may I ask him to do all in his power to speed up constitutional development in British Guiana? Will he himself take active steps to see that prominent citizens such as Mr. Burnham, who are anxious to come with their delegations to this country, are not needlessly antagonised in terms of local and general government by having permission withheld?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

That supplementary question goes rather further than this Question. It is partly because I believe that we want to fit the Colony for a return to representative government as quickly as we can that I took the step that I did of accepting immediately Dr. Marshall's Report.