§ 20. Ms. Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what efforts Her Majesty's Government have made to ensure that the forthcoming elections in Guyana are free and fair.
§ Mr. Lennox-Boyd
We have urged President Hoyte and other Guyanese Ministers to take all possible steps to restore public and international confidence in the electoral system. I recently summoned the Guyanese High Commissioner to express concern at reports of serious inaccuracies in the electoral list and have made the same point to the visiting Guyanese Deputy Prime Minister.
§ Mr. Dalyell
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the results of his latest meeting with President Hoyte of Guyana.
§ Mr. Garel-Jones
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has not met President Hoyte. There have, however, been numerous recent meetings between United Kingdom and Guyanese Ministers, the latest between myself and Guyanese Deputy Prime Minister, Mr. Winston Murray, on 18 November. On each occasion, the opportunity has been taken to repeat that we expect free and fair elections in Guyana.