HC Deb 09 November 1934 vol 293 c1468

[CAPTAIN BOURNE in the Chair.]

Clauses 1 (Approval of Agreement for cession of the Dindings) and 2 (Short title), ordered to stand part of the Bill.

SCREDULE.—Agreement made between His Excellency Andrew Caldecott, Esquire, C.M.G., C.B.E., Officer Administering the Government of the Colony of the Straits Settlements, on behalf of His Majesty the King of Great Britain, Ireland and the British Dominions beyond the Seas, Emperor of India, and His Highness the Sultan of Perak.

Motion made, and Question proposed, "That this be the Schedule to the Bill."

1.32 p.m.

Captain FULLER

I should like to ask whether the term "Dindings" in fact covers all the territories conceded to the Sultan of Perak under the two Agreements of 1826 and 1874, where the territories concerned are put down in a more complete fashion. The 1826 Agreement refers to the Pulo Dinding on the Island of Pangkor together with all and every one of the islands which belonged until this period to the Kings of Perak. I wish to ask whether the term "Dindings," as it appears in every paragraph of the Schedule, includes all those territories. The island of Pangkor is between the Pulo Dinding and the mainland. It is a definite geographical entity, and it may well be that it does not include that. The intention, I am sure, is that it should.

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister)

My hon. and gallant Friend will appreciate that the word "Dindings" is used in the plural. I can give him a complete assurance that it includes both the island and the mainland territories.

Schedule agreed to.

Bill reported, without Amendment; read the Third time, and passed, without Amendment.