HC Deb 08 June 1903 vol 123 c216

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that certain persons in the Transvaal are engaged in negotiations with agents to obtain from the Congo State blacks for the Transvaal mines; and whether he is prepared to give an assurance that no contracts will be allowed to be concluded by individuals in the Transvaal either to import further black labour or Chinese labour into the Transvaal under contracts until this House has expressed its approval.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Chamberlain.) No, Sir, I have no knowledge of any such negotiations. The question of the supply of labour in the Transvaal is receiving the careful consideration of His Majesty's Government, and this House will have the usual opportunities of discussing any action which the Government may take in the matter.