HC Deb 22 July 1908 vol 193 cc82-3
MR. LAIDLAW (Renfrewshire, E.)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State or the Colonies what was the revenue during the last financial year for which the Colonial Office had Reports from land, tin mines, gambling farms, and opium, respectively, in each of the Federated Malay States.


The latest figures available are those for 1906. They are —Land: Perak, $467,268; Selangor, $324,910.56; Negri Sembilan, $168,250;Pahang,$78,330. Tin: Perak, $5,433,709; Selangor, $3,357,033; Negri Sembilan. $969,193; Pahang, $276,672. Opium: Perak, $1,538,089; Selangor, $944,516; Negri Sembilan, $372,282. I cannot specify the opium revenue in Pahang as the opium farm is let in conjunction with other farms. For the same reason, as I am explaining in answer to my hon. friend's other Questions. I cannot give the amount of the revenue derived from gaming in any of the States.


I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Federated Malay States have no public debt, have large accumulated reserve funds, and have sufficient revenue from other sources than gaming licences to meet current expenditure.


My hon. friend's information is correct.