HC Deb 10 April 1946 vol 421 c323W
91. Mr. Pickthorn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any statement to make about praedial larceny on rubber estates and about the arming of estate managers and other civilians for self protection.

Mr. George Hall:

Looting, gang robbery and theft on rubber estates were very prevalent during November and December last, but the position has considerably improved with the return of European managers and the patrolling of estates by mobile military and police detachments. Estates are being provided with guards, who are selected for their reliability, and are given the powers of police constables within the area o f the particular estate on which they are employed.