HC Deb 11 February 1931 vol 248 cc386-7

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, in view of the dissatisfaction expressed by various sections of the population of Nigeria, including the white commercial community, with the Nigerian Government's estimates for 1930–31, particularly with the item headed personal emoluments, he proposes to take any action in the matter?


It is not now possible for my Noble Friend to intervene in the matter of the 1930–31 Estimates. If my hon. Friend means the 1931–32 Estimates, I can assure him that when those Estimates reach the Colonial Office full con- sideration will be given to any criticisms or complaints that may then have come to hand.


Can my hon. Friend say whether it is possible in those Estimates to state the European and African emoluments separately, and also whether it would be desirable to include pensions and gratuities under the heading of "Personal emoluments"?


I should think that it it possible to discover these differences. No doubt it will cause a considerable amount of labour, but, if my hon. Friend will put down a question on that point, I shall be very glad to give him an answer.

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