HC Deb 08 April 1878 vol 239 cc856-7

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he can lay upon the Table any Papers on the re-organization of the Transvaal Territory, and, particularly, whether he can indicate the sources of revenue out of which the Expenditure of the Government of the Territory can be met?


Sir, I fear I am unable at present to produce any Papers specially bearing on the re-organization of the Transvaal Territory. I may remind the hon. Member, that Sir Theophilus Shepstone has for some time past been detained at the extreme south of the Transvaal, his attention being mainly occupied by the dispute as to boundary between the Colony and the Zulu King. Mr. Sargeaunt was sent out in October last by my Predecessor as a Commissioner to inquire into the sources from which the revenue is derived and the mode of its collection and audit, and to consult with Sir Theophilus Shepstone as to the future administrative establishment of the Colony. His Report has not yet been received; but I may state that we have reason to believe that since the annexation the receipts from revenue have borne a very satisfactory proportion to the expenditure.