HC Deb 26 July 1963 vol 681 cc241-2W
Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies on what date the financial year in Basutoland ends; on what date the budget for the territory was finally approved by his department; and to what extent employment by the Basutoland Government was reduced because of lack of authorisation of the necessary funds.

Mr. Sandys

The financial year in Basutoland ends on the 31st March. The 1963–64 budget was finally approved on the 5th June. The Basutoland Government had been authorised before the end of the financial year to continue expenditure on existing services at their 1962–63 level. I am seeking the other information asked for from the Basutoland Government, and will send it to the hon. Member.