HC Deb 05 July 1934 vol 291 cc2069-70
57. Major MILNER

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is now in a position to give details as to the profits of the Pacific Phosphate Company, Limited, in relation to Ocean Island, the amounts paid to the shareholders, and the natives, respectively, during the latest year for which information is available, and the terms on which native labourers are now employed?


I have received a report from the High Commissioner giving particulars as to royalties and other payments made by the Pacific Phosphate Company, Limited, during the financial years 1918–19 and 1919–20; also as to the conditions under which native labourers are now employed on Ocean Island by the British Phosphate Commissioners. I shall be glad to send a copy to the hon. and gallant Member. Particulars as to the profits made and distributed by the Pacific Phosphate Company are not available in the Colonial Office. As the hon. and gallant Member is doubtless aware, the company has ceased to exist.


Is the right hon. Gentleman of the opinion that the natives are properly remunerated and properly treated nowadays?


Oh, yes.