HC Deb 16 December 1908 vol 198 cc1851-2
MR. WEDGWOOD (Newcastle-under-Lyme)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the public land sold in the Straits Settlements during 1907; and whether the leasing of public lands at revisable rents usual in the Federated Malay States could be with advantage adopted in the Straits Settlements also.


The system to which my hon. friend refers is already in force in the Straits Settlements. Except in very special cases, the statutory grants by which Crown Land is alienated are issued subject to a provision that rents are to be revised at intervals of thirty years. My hon. friend will find full details in the Straits Settlements Ordinance No. II. of 1886.