Fines imposed by the native courts in Basutoland are at present paid to the Chiefs authorised to hold courts, and form part of the emoluments which they receive in respect of their responsibilities and obligations under native custom. Proposals have, however, recently been formulated by a local committee of chiefs and officials for the establishment of a Basuto National Treasury. As part of this scheme, it is proposed that such fines should in future be paid into that Treasury, the Chiefs being remunerated instead by fixed allowances. A memorandum explaining the scheme has been circulated throughout the Territory, in order that the views of the general body of the population may be obtained.
With regard to the first part of the supplementary question, if my hon. and gallant Friend will read my answer, he will see that that is the case. With regard to the second part, we are taking steps at present. We realise that the situation is unsatisfactory, and we are anxious to put an end to it as soon as possible.