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Colonial Service Officers (Land Purchases)

Volume 497: debated on Wednesday 5 March 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, as the extent of the present practice is causing much discontent among the native peoples, he will consider revising the regulations under which members of the Colonial Service are allowed to buy land.

Members of the Colonial Service may buy land only if the Governor of the territory concerned is satisfied that the officer's private affairs would not thereby be brought into real or apparent conflict with his public duties. I see no reason for revision of the regulations. Their local application in the widely varying circumstances of different territories is a matter for the Governors.