HC Deb 04 August 1925 vol 187 cc1171-2W

asked the Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs whether he is aware that the former custom of publishing in the Annual Report presented to Parliament the different sources of Revenue for the Gilbert and Ellice Islands and the amounts collected from each has been discontinued; and whether he will state the amounts received from each source for the year 1923–1924, and give instructions that in future these figures shall be published in the Annual Reports?


The amounts received in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Colony under the various headings of Revenue for the year 1923–24 were as follow:—

£ s. d.
Customs 24,878 12 8
Native taxes 9,269 3 7
Licences, etc. 9,406 5 6
Fees of Court, etc. 2,084 6 4
Post Office 1,351 14 3
Telegraphs 162 3 1
Royalties 4,452 14 0
Interest 873 14 7
Miscellaneous 563 14 2
Imperial grant 750 0 0
Total 53,792 8 2

Government is endeavouring to discourage consumption by means of educative propaganda.


asked the Secretary of State for Colonial Affairs whether he can state in the case of the Straits Settlements, and for the years 1922 and 1923, the amount and value per head of the population of the revenue from liquor and opium?


The information desired by the hon. Member is given in the following table:—

The statistics to which the hon. Member refers have not been shown in the Annual Reports of the Colony since the year 1917–1918 and were omitted on the ground of economy.