§ SIR WILLIAM HOULDSWORTH (Manchester, N. W.)
asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether he has received information that Customs Duties are now being levied on trade in the territories of the 1818 British River Gambia under the authority of the French Government; and, whether the amount of such duties paid to French officials, being in addition to those levied by the British Government, will be restored to the merchants in the Gambia by Her Majesty's Government?
THE UNDER SECRETARY OF STATE FOR INDIA (Sir JOHN GOEST)(who replied) said (Chatham)
No information has been received. by Her Majesty's Government as to the alleged levying of duties by French officials within the range of British jurisdiction or protection at the Gambia; but a Report on the subject will be called for.