HC Deb 30 June 1954 vol 529 c101W
73. Mr. D. Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction in British Guiana at the failure of the Demerara Electric Company to make available to the inhabitants of the colony a plentiful supply of electrical power; and whether he will take advantage of the review which is due in August of this year to terminate the contract, and set up instead a publicly-owned corporation to run the undertaking on a non-profit-making basis.

Mr. Lyttelton

I understand that the Company will have ample power to meet the demand in the area which it serves, that is to say, Georgetown and its suburbs, when additional plant is installed in October. In addition, the Company has been required to undertake certain improvements within the next three years and, provided it does so, there is no power to terminate its franchise until 1977. In these circumstances, I do not think that further action is necessary.