HC Deb 21 August 1894 vol 29 cc166-7

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can inform the House how many British subjects are at present residing in the Transvaal; and how many foreign residents, other than British, there are in the Transvaal not being Boer citizens?


There appears to be no very accurate information on this point in our possession. According to the last Census, taken in 1890, the European population, as distinguished from the Native population, numbered 119,128. Of these, 59,334 are stated to have been born in the South African Republic. We have no analysis of the Census showing the number of British, as distinguished from foreign, subjects in the Transvaal. The number of "Englishmen" is given as 8,973, but of course this does not include by any means all the British subjects residing there. These figures are, however, probably misleading, as since the Census of 1890 was taken, the British population has very largely increased. The matter is of some importance, and I will endeavour to obtain from South Africa more accurate information on the points raised.