HC Deb 05 May 1903 vol 121 c1369

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will explain why Fijians, unaccused of crime, have been forced to labour on roads after having been compulsorily enlisted for military service only.


I am not aware that the Armed Native Constabulary of Fiji, to which I presume the hon. Member refers, have been employed in road-making. They have been employed in levelling and draining their parade ground, used by them also as their camp, and the land used as a parade ground for the Volunteers. I have suggested to the Governor that when employed on such work they should receive some form of additional pay or allowances, as is, I understand, allowed in the case of His Majesty's Regular Forces when required to perform such duties.