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British North Borneo (Gambling Rights)

Volume 155: debated on Tuesday 20 June 1922

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet received from the British North Borneo Company any statement showing the amount of money derived by that company from its sale of the monopoly right to organise gambling amongst the Chinese coolies labouring on the plantations in North Borneo?

The British North Borneo Company has now furnished me with the information for which I asked. I understand that the company, in order to restrict gambling, does not put up to auction, but invites tenders for the monopoly and control of the gambling rights throughout the territory and not merely among the Chinese coolies on estates as the hon. Member suggests. The net revenue forthcoming from this source in 1921 was £10,800.