HC Deb 05 March 1885 vol 295 c124

asked the Secretary of State for War, in reference to the construction of the proposed railway from Suakin to Berber, Whether he will consider the advisability of furnishing special instructions to the officers deputed to superintend the construction, and to the contractors engaged on the work, to the effect that the tribesmen and natives should, as far as practicable, be employed in making the railway, and that pains be taken to circulate amongst them liberal offers, and to afford to them good treatment and acceptable remuneration for their services, so as to convert them, under British protection, from fanatical enemies to interested friends and allies?


During the past year every effort has been made to induce the Natives and tribesmen of the territories adjoining Suakin to take employment under the British authorities. The same policy will, I have no doubt, be pursued in the construction of the railway.