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Northern Rhodesia

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to paragraph 122 of the Orde-Browne Report on labour in Northern Rhodesia; what steps are being taken to bring into cultivation the lands of the North Charter land Company; and whether, in view of the land shortage in the native reserves, additional land is. being added for native use?

The answer to the first part of the question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part. I am not at present in a position to make any statement. With regard to the last part of the question, the Government of Northern Rhodesia recently acquired from the British South Africa Company, partly on the basis of a free gift and partly at an agreed price, the surface rights over the whole of the Tanganyika Estate, comprising about 1,423,600 acres, and a large proportion of this area will become available for native occupation.