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Guyana

Volume 976: debated on Friday 21 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what action he proposes to take to protect British citizens in Guyana in view of the civil disorder in that country.

There have been cases recently of crowds getting out of hand in Guyana: for example, at a petrol station waiting for cooking gas, and in lengthy food queues. Our High Commission in Georgetown does not yet consider that there is increased risk to British citizens. The High Commission is ready to offer normal assistance and protection to the British community who would of course be advised if precautions were considered necessary.

asked the Lord Privy Seal how many British citizens were in- jured in the incident which occurred in Georgetown, Guyana on 4 December involving the security forces and the civilian population.

No British citizens are reported to have been injured during the 4 December incident, which was stated in the press to have been a mock exercise by the security forces.