HC Deb 25 May 1857 vol 145 c835

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, if he had received any communication from British Guiana, complaining of the difficulties which at present exists in obtaining an adequate supply of immigrant labourers for that colony, and whether it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to take any steps in reference to the same.


said, the Colonial Office had been for several years past in constant communication with the colony on the subject. During the last nine years no less than 30,000 had emigrated to the tropical colonies of this country. The Government were most anxious to promote by every means in their power, the emigration of labourers to those colonies; subject to their being treated when there as freemen, and to the engagements with them being strictly fulfilled, the Government would promote the sending of labourers in every possible way. On a future occasion he would lay such papers on the table as should inform the hon. Gentleman and the House of the facts in regard to the question.