§ Mr. TOUCHE
asked the Secretary for the Colonies if he will lay upon the Table of the House the form of lease or leases granting certain rights to Messrs. Apol in the Gold Coast Colony in respect of which he has informed them that he will not raise any obstacle to the validation of the leases; and can he say to what extent of territory they relate?
I will lay the Paper to which the hon. Member refers at an early date. The applications of Messrs. Apol and their nominees covered a considerable area, but I anticipated that under the existing law not more than 40 square miles would be validated by the Court, and I have just learnt that the total area which has been validated is 39⅓ square miles.