HC Deb 14 June 1875 vol 224 c1809

asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether Her Majesty's Government have received the recommendations made by the French Labour Laws Commissioners for securing more efficient protection to Indian Coolies who are taken to Réunion, Guadaloupe, Martinique, and Cayenne; and, if so, whether there is any objection to lay upon the Table a Copy of such recommendations and of the draft of any new legislation on the subject which the French Government may have announced its intention to propose?


Sir, Her Majesty's Government have only received extracts affecting Indian Emigration to the French Colonies from the French Labour Laws Commission's Report, and there is no objection to laying these Papers on the Table of the House; but with regard to the draft of any new legislation which the French Government may propose on the subject, we have only got a Projet de Loi, which may or may not become law, and which we have no objection also to lay on the Table. Perhaps, therefore, the best course will be for the hon. Gentleman to move for these Papers, and if he will privately communicate with me I will arrange with him the form of the Return.