§ MR. LABOUCHERE
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether the 2,000 forced labourers collected last August by the Mudir of Dongola, and who were placed under the orders of Colonel Grant, and the 2,000 forced labourers collected at the same date by the Mudir of Esneh, and placed under the orders of Colonel Inglefield, have now been released; whether he is aware that the courbash was employed in regard to these labourers, that they were forced by its use to work for about twelve hours per diem, and that those who attempted to escape were brought back in chains; and, whether there is now any forced labour being employed between Wady Halfa and Dongola; and, if so, whether the same means are being used to oblige them to work?
§ LORD EDMOND FITZMAURICE
I have no knowledge of the facts to which my hon. Friend alludes; but a 148 copy of his Question will be sent to Sir Evelyn Baring to-day.