HC Deb 21 January 1924 vol 169 cc477-8

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether a complete Customs union has yet been established between Kenya, Tanganyika and Uganda; and, if not, whether arrangements can be made with the Governments of the three territories to bring about this union at an early date?

Major BARNSTON (Comptroller of the Household)

I have been asked to answer this question. Since 1st. January, 1923, a uniform Customs tariff has been in force in Kenya, Uganda and the Tanganyika Territory, and the produce of each of these dependencies is freely admitted into the other two. The difficulties in the way of a complete Customs union are those arising from the allocation of revenue between the three dependencies and from the treatment of re-exports. The Secretary of State is in communication with the Governments concerned on these points, and it is hoped that a solution of outstanding difficulties will be found.