§ 24. Mr. LUNN
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the mining developments in Kenya Colony, how the rates of the royalties and other charges payable on the profits of mining undertakings have been fixed; what steps have been taken to secure that due regard shall be paid to the interests of the native community; when these rates and charges were last fixed; whether they are kept under review; and whether they have been increased when circumstances required?
Mr. J. H. THOMAS
The rates of royalty and other charges are prescribed by regulations issued under the Mining Ordinance. The last set of regulations was issued in February, 1934. It is possible for them to be reviewed from time to time but royalties have not been increased since that date. The present rate is 5 per cent. on the gross sum realised from the gold won. Other charges, such as fees for licences, leases, etc., are also prescribed in the regulations. With regard to the native community, ample provision exists for compensation for disturbance and the latest report on native affairs draws attention to the fact that disputes and claims are few.
I have communicated to the Governor my hon. Friend's question, and when I get his report, I shall not hesitate to let the hon. Member know.