§ MR. MILDMAY (Devon, Totnes)
To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Natal Government proposes to introduce a Bill whereby commercial travellers representing British manufacturers will be taxed £25 380 per annum for every firm represented by them; and whether, seeing that such legislation would entirely exclude from Natal four-fifths of the travellers who thus earn a living in that Colony, the Colonial Office can make such representations as may be necessary in their interests.
(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) The Secretary of State is aware of the proposed legislation, and has received a number of representations that it will be seriously prejudicial to British trade. He has thought it right to bring these representations to the notice of the Governor of Natal by telegram.