HC Deb 22 March 1897 vol 47 c1114

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that Sir William McGregor, Administrator of British New Guinea, has issued a proclamation forbidding Chinese to enter on any of the goldfields of that dependency until a period of three years from the first discovery of such goldfields shall have elapsed; is such a proclamation legal; and, if so, what are the reasons by which it is sought to be justified in this instance; and whether there is any precedent for such restrictive action on the part of an Administrator of an auriferous dependency?


I have not received any official information on the subject referred to in the Question.