§ SIR HENRY KIMBER (Wandsworth)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has received advices of the Tax Bill recently passed by the Natal Legislature; and whether he has received any protests against it on the ground that it alters the tenure and terms of grants made by the Government to various Colonists for valuable consideration, paid by them, and in particular has reimposed special taxes upon land for non-occupation in respect of which money has been paid to the Government for the redemption of non-occupation tax and quit rents.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Colonel SEELY) Liverpool, Abercromby
The 1204 Secretary of State has received copies of an Income and Land Tax Assessment Bill, though not in its final form. A protest of the nature referred to has been received from the Natal Land and Colonisation Company, but the matter does not appear to be one in which the Secretary of State can properly interfere.