HC Deb 04 April 1927 vol 204 cc1667-8
20. Viscount SANDON

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that traffic in British Borneo involves in progression from end to end six Custom clearances owing to the existence of four separate but contiguous British administrations, and, in addition, two detached from their administrative territory, 'chough otherwise equally contiguous to British soil; and whether he will consider the appointment of a commission to investigate the desirability of forming a federation of all British possessions and protectorates in the islands of Borneo and Labuan?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Amery)

My attention has not hitherto been drawn to any difficulties arising out of the conditions described by the Noble Lord, and there would appear to be no sufficient reason for the appointment of the proposed commission.

Viscount SANDON

Is it not time that the special conditions in British Borneo as to the chartered company should be brought to an end?


No, Sir.