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Banabans (Representations)

Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what action he has taken as a result of the representations by the Banabans made to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State during her visit to Fiji.

I gave the Banabans all the assurances for which they asked. No other action was necessary.

While thanking the hon. Lady for her reply, is she satisfied with the position which prevails in which the Banabans are getting 2s. 8d. a ton royalty for their phosphates, whereas the Gilbert and Ellice Islands Administration is charging 23s. per ton to finance their Administration? Does she feel that this is a satisfactory arrangement and ought she not to have another look at this?

That is really another question. That was not raised by the Banabans with me when I saw them. That has transpired since. If the hon. Member would care to put down a Question on that particular point. I would be happy to answer it.