HC Deb 02 November 1908 vol 195 cc774-5
MR. ALDEN (Middlesex, Tottenham)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if, in view of the fact that a heavy export duty was imposed about three years ago upon exports from the Island of Montserrat because the finances then showed a deficiency, he will favourably consider the removal of this impost in view of the large surplus which now exists.


The Governor has reported that nothing would give him greater pleasure than to recommend a reduction of taxation in Montserrat, but that the time for such a recommendation has not yet arrived. The surplus funds of the Presidency do not greatly exceed £5,000, and a reserve fund of £10,000 is aimed at as a measure of obvious prudence. I can only promise that the matter will not be lost sight of when a sufficient reserve has been built up.