HC Deb 24 October 1945 vol 414 cc1994-5
25. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what is the position in respect of granting licences for mine prospecting in Tanganyika and Uganda; and whether small prospectors have equal opportunities with the larger companies.

Mr. George Hall

There is no discrimination in the granting of initial prospecting rights in Tanganyika and Uganda, which are valid for one year. Thereafter the holder may be granted an exclusive prospecting licence, but he must first satisfy the Government that he has sufficient capital to ensure the proper prospecting of the area in question and the payment of any compensation which may be due to the owners and occupiers of the land for the disturbance of surface rights and damage to crops, etc.

Squadron-Leader Donner

Would the Colonial Secretary give close attention to the appeal inherent in this Question on behalf of private enterprise?

Mr. Sorensen

Can the Colonial Secretary give any idea of the number of small prospectors who have had licences granted to them?

Mr. Hall

No, Sir. If my hon. Friend will put the Question down, I will see whether I can give him the information.