§ Mr. ALDEN
asked the Secretary for the Colonies whether he is aware that the balance to the credit of the Island of Montserrat on 31st March last exceeded £15,000; and whether, in view of the expectation that when the balance reached £10,000 the exceptional Export Duties on produce which had been imposed for a temporary purpose would be removed, he will carry out this expectation, instead of allowing the balance to be spent on buildings which are not of urgent necessity?
The estimates for 1913-14 have just been received, but I have not yet had time to consider them. I observe that the balances to the credit of Montserrat on the 31st March, 1913, were £14,844 18s. 0½d. The question of taxation, including the Export Duties, will be duly considered, and the Governor will, if necessary, be consulted on the subject.