HC Deb 07 December 1911 vol 32 c1571

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can give a statement showing how many of the Grown Colonies are self-supporting; and, in cases where they are not self-supporting, how the deficiencies are met?

Colonel SEELY

My right hon. Friend does not think it necessary to issue such a statement, as the Colonial Services Vote (Class V. of the Estimates), together with the Appropriation Accounts presented by the Comptroller and Auditor-General, indicate clearly the Colonies that are not self-supporting, and the amount of the assistance which they receive by grants from Parliament. The other Colonies and Protectorates are, of course, self-supporting.


May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he is aware that the accounts of the Colonial Office do not show the profit this country makes due to the mingled coinage circulating in these Colonies; and, if so, whether he will see that a statement is given indicating the profit?

Colonel SEELY

If the facts are as stated by the hon. Member, I will represent to my right hon. Friend the desirability of having such a statement made.