Makusi Tribe

Oral Answers to Questions — British Guiana – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East 12:00 am, 20th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent members of the Makusi tribe in British Guiana, who have declined to move from their present lands to facilitate rancher settlement, will be deprived of the present special rights granted to Indians living outside a Reserve.

Mr. Creech Jones:

No decision has yet been reached on a proposal that the Makusi should move to a new area, nor will they be invited to move unless in their own interests.

Photo of Mr Frederick Skinnard Mr Frederick Skinnard , Harrow East

Will my right hon. Friend look into the suggestion that some form of sanction might be imposed if they refuse to move, particularly some form of compulsory registration involving the carrying of a certificate?

Mr. Creech Jones:

Yes, Sir, but before anything is done the Legislative Council will consider the proposal and the report.