§ 36. Commander WEDGWOOD
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, with reference to palm-oil leases in the Gold Coast Colony, whether these leases are now being granted without safeguarding the rights of the native tribes to the soil and to the palm trees by arrangement between the ignorant chief and the white capitalist; and, if so, why the policy of Lord Harcourt has been reversed?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Long)
Ordinance 16 of 1912 which was passed with a view to safeguarding the rights of the natives of the 437 Gold Coast in these respects remains in force; and I have not heard that leases are being granted in contravention of its provisions. There is no recent correspondence on the subject.
§ Commander WEDGWOOD
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the late Sir Kenelm Digby made a report on this question about three years ago, and will the right hon. Gentleman make inquiries whether there has been any change in practice on the Gold Coast since that dispatch was accepted by Lord Harcourt?