HC Deb 11 April 1907 vol 172 c355
MR. SUMMERBELL (Sunderland)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is yet in a position to give the names of the Commission appointed by the Trinidad Government to revise the local customs tariff; whether a representative of the working class has been appointed a member of the Commission; whether evidence from the working class will be called; and whether the proceedings of the said Commission will be made public.


The Committee to which the hon. Member refers consisted of the Collector of Customs of Trinidad, the Receiver General, two members of the Legislative Council, three merchants, and two agriculturists. No member of the wage-earning class was appointed on the Committee. Evidence from that class was received, and the Governor reports that their views are fully dealt with in the Committee's Report. It is not proposed that the proceedings of the Committee should be made public, but its Report will be published in due course.