HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc111-2W
76. Mr. Slater

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he will give the number of children of school-leaving age, this year, in British Guiana; and what opportunities are likely to be afforded to these young people to take up employment in that country on leaving school.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

About 7,000. In rural districts, many join their families in working on subsistence crops and peasant farming, but opportunities in the urban areas are few. As I explained in my reply to the hon. Member's Questions on 20th March, the position should improve as a result of the development programme and of private investment.

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