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Imperial Grants And Administrative Expenditure

Volume 161: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1923

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies what the annual amounts paid in grants-in-aid to the Tanganyika Territory Government were during the period 1919, 1920, and 1921; if the Government have decided what amount may be incurred in these respects; and what has been the total cost of administration during the last three years?

The following is a statement of the grants made from the Imperial Exchequer to the Tanganyika territory for the three years referred to:—

1919–1920.—No grant was made for this year. The civil administration of the territory was not placed on a regular basis until the latter part of the year, after the signature of the Treaty of Versailles.

1920–1921.—Grant-in-aid of £330,000.

1921–1922.—Grant-in-aid of £164,000 and a loan of £750,000 repayable with interest when the financial situation of the territory permits.

The question whether a grant from Imperial funds should he made to the territory, and, if so, what amount, is considered by His Majesty's Government each year in the light of existing circumstances.

The totals of the expenditure and local revenue of the territory for the three years 1919 to 1922 are as follows:—