HC Deb 25 November 1953 vol 521 cc47-8W
87. Sir R. Acland

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what quantities of bauxite have been exported from British Guiana in each year for which bauxite has been exported; who proportion of the bauxite in each year was taken from lands owned by the operating companies and what proportion from other lands; and what royalty or other payment is made to the Government of British Guiana in respect of bauxite exported from lands owned by companies and in respect of bauxite exported from other lands.

Mr. Lyttelton

I have figures for the period 1948–52 and if the hon. Member wants earlier figures I will try to get them for him.

Following are the figures

Bauxite has been produced in British Guianasince 1917. The quantities exported in each of the last five years were:

Year Tons
1948 1,873,166
1949 1,757,650
1950 1,583,417
1951 2,002,744
1952 2,285,966

The quanties produced in the same period from Crown land and private property respectively were:

Year From Crown Land From Private Property
tons tons
1948 741,625 1,223,060
1949 828,958 969,670
1950 855,337 796,687
1951 1,147,476 925,971
1952 850,258 1,537,680

Private property in the above table refers to land alienated before the passing of the Mining Ordinance, 1903, and in respect of which the surface owners enjoy the right to exploit all minerals except gold and silver. No royalty is payable on bauxite won from such land. Mineral rights over all other land are vested in the Crown and royalty is payable as follows:—5d. a ton on bauxite exported from mining leases granted up to 1947. 1s. 0½d. a ton on bauxite exported from mining leases subsequently granted.

Royalty paid on exports in each of the last five years amounted to:

Year £
1948 14,483
1949 17,255
1950 16,833
1951 23,116
1952 16,948

All bauxite exported from British Guiana is subject to an export duty, at the rate of 4s. 2d. a ton on calcinated ore and 1s. 10½d. a ton on other bauxite. The return from export duty in the same period was:

Year £
1948 117,073
1949 109,853
1950 98,964
1951 198,878
1952 230,982

There is an Income Tax on companies in British Guiana of 45 per cent.