HC Deb 10 March 1898 vol 54 c1223
SIR H. SEYMOUR KING (Hull, Central)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether any agreement has been entered into with the French Government for the reopening of the immigration of Indian Coolies into Réunion; whether it provides for the residence in Réunion of a British protector of immigrants; and whether he will lay a copy of the Agreement with the French Government upon the Table?


A convention for the reopening of Indian immigration into Réunion has been signed, but is not yet ratified. It does not provide for the residence of a British protector in Réunion. There, as elsewhere, the protector will be an officer of the Colonial Government, but under the convention his position will be greatly improved. The immigrants can also invoke the assistance of the British Consul. As soon as the convention is ratified, it will be laid on the Table of the House.