HC Deb 14 March 1884 vol 285 c1540

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether the Secretary of State intends to give effect to those parts of the Report of the recent Royal Commission in reference to Jamaica which propose to retain the greater part of the taxes on food; to place an increased and differentiated tax on land without reference to its use or quality, but only to the size of the holdings, small properties paying 1s. per acre, and large properties 1½d. per acre; and, after abolishing the District Courts, to throw a greater share of the minor judicial work into the hands of unpaid magistrates?


The Secretary of State is waiting to receive the views of the Colonial Government and Colonial Legislature on all the recommendations of the Royal Commission; but in the despatch of the 1st of December, which has been laid before Parliament with the Report, a qualified concurrence has been expressed on the subject of District Courts, and with the proposal to utilize to a greater extent than heretofore the services of the unpaid magistrates,