HC Deb 26 January 1937 vol 319 c741
19. Mr. Donner

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has considered the effect upon Swaziland of the Customs union created in 1909–10; and whether he proposes to take any measures to counteract the subsequent deterioration in the economic condition of the Protectorate?

Mr. M. MacDonald

The Customs arrangement between Swaziland and the Union of South Africa has come under consideration from time to time, but it has not been thought hitherto that it would be practicable or desirable to propose any modification of the present system.

Mr. Donner

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the widespread anxiety which exists among the settlers in the Protectorate, and will he take measures to allay that anxiety, which is owing to the feeling that there has been in the past neglect by the Imperial Government?

Mr. MacDonald

I am giving the matter very careful consideration. My hon. Friend will realise that this is not one of the points upon which Sir Alan Pim made a recommendation when he inquired very carefully into the administration of the territory.