Mr George Hall: Apart from the one Press conference, which suggested that the deposit might be larger, I understand that there has been almost no local criticism of this regulation. The regulation can only be amended by an ordinance and if there should be general dissatisfaction about its terms the remedy would lie in the hands of the unofficial majority on the new Legislative Council.
Mr George Hall: It is an exception to the normal Colonial practice and I am taking the matter up with the Governor.
Mr George Hall: Yes, Sir.
Mr George Hall: It is paid into the Treasury.
Mr George Hall: In State forest reserves and unalienated Crown land the cutting of trees is prohibited without prior permission. In Native trust lands, subject to certain exceptions necessary for conservation purposes, resident natives may cut trees without licence in any area for use as building material, and other natives may exercise the same right with the consent of the native authority concerned. These...
Mr George Hall: I think that is the precaution I have referred to.
Mr George Hall: The 10-year education plan for Nigeria is at present being considered here, in consultation with a representative of the Nigerian Government. My hon. Friend will appreciate that it is not therefore practicable for me to give him details at this stage, but I will do so as soon as possible.
Mr George Hall: No, that is not so.
Mr George Hall: If my memory serves me aright, about the end of April or the beginning of May.
Mr George Hall: The nine cardinal principles have been retained in the constitution. They are in general accord with those which govern the administration of other parts of the Colonial Empire; and I see no reason why they should be affected by any future changes in the constitution.
Mr George Hall: Consideration is being given to the possibility of reducing the lists of officials empowered to authenticate Statutory Rules and Orders made by the Ministers referred to. It will, however, not be feasible to apply so severe a /imitation as the hon. Member suggests. The fact that a particular official signs an Order does not, of course, mean that he makes it. The Order is made by the...
Mr George Hall: The officials empowered to authenticate these documents are frequently laid down in Statutory Rules and Orders, and although the number may seem large at the moment by no means all the officials sign the Orders.
Mr George Hall: Yes, Sir, and, of course, they are responsible for them.
Mr George Hall: As the answer is long, I will, with permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
Mr George Hall: No, Sir. I should have thought that there was enough official literature.
Mr George Hall: The Statutory Rules and Orders which are issued from time to time are catalogued and indexed. The hon. Member will find that that is so if he goes to the Library.
Mr George Hall: Typists for the use of Members are not provided at the public expense or from Government resources. The obtaining of a Welsh speaking and writing typist is, therefore, a matter for the Members concerned.
Mr George Hall: No, Sir. I am sure, however, that the Minister concerned will be happy to make inquiry if the hon. Member would furnish him with particulars of cases where replies to correspondents' letters are delayed.
Mr George Hall: I realise that there are delays, but the reason is well known to the House. There is a staff shortage, and Members write many letters. We are trying to answer them as soon as possible.
Mr George Hall: He can sell it at a price which includes the tax he has had to pay on it. He bears no loss whatever.