HC Deb 01 July 1948 vol 452 c232W
66. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he will instruct the Governments of Bechuanaland, Basutoland and Swaziland to consider exempting from liability to Native Tax all Africans earning less than a definite minimum sum per year, as exemption from Income Tax is granted to those earning less than £250 per year.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Africans in the three Territories are exempted, in part or in whole, from the payment of Native Tax if the District Commissioner is satisfied that, by reason of age, infirmity or unemployment, they are unable to meet the tax. I think this provision adequately serves the purpose which my hon. Friend has in mind.