HC Deb 28 June 1920 vol 131 cc70-2W

Mr. RAFFAN asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the age limit at which the British South Africa Company commences to tax natives is only 14 years of age, and whether he will consider taking any action to secure that the age limit shall be raised or, conversely, that boys under 20 shall in future pay a reduced tax?

Colonel WILSON: Native tax in Southern Rhodesia is payable by adult male natives. I understand that the age at which the liability begins is determined by native custom, but the hon. Member's question will be referred to the High Commissioner for a Report.