European Families (Settlement)

Oral Answers to Questions — British Guiana – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Roland Robinson Mr Roland Robinson , Blackpool South 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether it is now proposed to proceed with the trial settlement of about 200 European families in the Kanuku Mountains area of British Guiana as recommended in the Evans Report.

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South

The Report emphasised that European settlement would depend entirely on access by road to the interior savannah country. Any trial settlement must, therefore, wait until there is at least a definite prospect that this long and costly road can be built.

Photo of Mr Roland Robinson Mr Roland Robinson , Blackpool South

As the number of these displaced persons continues to be great, will the hon. Gentleman say whether he can expedite the matter, as it was recommended by his Committee?

Photo of Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams Lieut-Colonel David Rees-Williams , Croydon South

Yes, the hon. Member will realise that the total cost of the road will be £2,750,000 and the matter needs a good deal of consideration.