HC Deb 13 June 1939 vol 348 cc1085-6
28. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs the number of Africans in Southern Rhodesia who, apart from alluvial mining, are in possession of registration and inspection certificates and mining on their own, and owning their own mines?

Sir T. lnskip

As the hon. Member was informed in reply to his question of 9th February, 1937, no natives in Southern Rhodesia had up to that date registered mining claims. I will, however, inquire of the Government of Southern Rhodesia whether the position has since altered.

Mr. Creech Jones

Will the right hon. Gentleman ascertain whether the absence of registration is due to any process of administrative discrimination against Africans?

Sir T. lnskip

I have no reason to believe that is the reason. I will make inquiries.