As regards the first part of the question, the figures of un-repaid advances by the United Kingdom at 31st March, 1938, were £10,892,685 exclusive of outstanding loans from the Colonial Development Fund of £1,205,068. No arrears of interest are outstanding on the loans from the Colonial Development Fund. As regards the amount of interest outstanding in the case of the unrepaid advances, the position is somewhat complicated, and I would refer the hon. Member to pages 86-88 of the latest edition of the Finance Accounts of the United Kingdom.
Having regard to the punctilious financial rectitude which the right hon. Gentleman imposes on the Colonies, is it still the policy of the Government that they should be self-supporting as between revenue and expenditure within each Colony, irrespective of the position of the Colonial Empire?
No provision was made for grants or loans in aid to the following Colonial Dependencies in the Estimates of the Colonial and Middle Eastern Services Vote for the years 1937–38, 1938–39 and 1939–40 (including the Supplementary Estimate of 7th July, 1939 (Cmd. No. 147 of 1939):Aden Colony, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Solomon Islands Protectorate, Ceylon, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Federated Malay States, Gibraltar, Grenada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Mauritius, North Borneo, St. Helena, St. Vincent, Sarawak, Seychelles, Straits Settlements, Trinidad and Zanzibar.