HC Deb 03 May 1938 vol 335 cc702-3W
Sir A. Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what expenditure has been incurred during the past three years on education in British Somaliland; to what extent it is met from local taxation; and whether any arrangements exist or are in contemplation for closer cooperation in this matter with the colony of Aden?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore:

The following expenditure has been incurred on education in the last three years:

1935 441
1936 402
1937 (revised estimate) 410

In addition, capital expenditure of £1,697 has been incurred on the construction of a school at Berbera. A Superintendent of Education has been appointed and the estimate of recurrent expenditure for 1938 is £2,307. The expenditure on education is met from general revenue, which is derived mainly from indirect taxation and is supplemented by an Imperial grant-in-aid. The answer to the last part of the question is in the negative, but I shall bear in mind the possibility of cooperation with Aden.

Sir A. Wilson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) whether he can state the outcome of the review undertaken by his predecessor of the judicial arrangements in British Somaliland;

(2) whether he will give further consideration to the sentences of death passed, and later commuted, upon certain Somalis in 1936, in circumstances which precluded counsel being heard in their defence and which his predecessor undertook to review?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore:

With regard to the judicial arrangements I would refer to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for Camberwell North (Mr. Ammon) on 13th April, showing that I have decided that the existing arrangements are to be modified. In the circumstances I do not see that any further consideration need be given to the commuted sentences of death referred to; it is clear, from the fact that the sentences were commuted, that the Governor must have given full consideration to the circumstances of each individual case at the time.