§ *SIR CHARLES DILKE
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that, in the conditions of contract accompanying the invitation issued on behalf of His Majesty's Government for tenders for construction of the new railways in the Transvaal and Orange River Colonies, it is stipulated that contractors shall not employ any natives who reside in or are recruited from that portion of the Transvaal which lies north of Pretoria, nor any native from Portuguese East Africa; and, if so, will he state what is the reason of the restriction.
§ MR. J. CHAMBERLAIN
My attention has been drawn to an advertisement for tenders which quotes the conditions referred to. I have not received any Report from Lord Milner on the subject, but the conditions are no doubt inserted in pursuance of the Resolution No. XII, passed by the Railway Extension Conference (see p. 87, Cd. 1552).