HC Deb 06 May 1903 vol 121 cc1506-7
SIR ALFRED HICKMAN (Wolverhampton, W.)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the preference given to foreigner s for employment by Government in the Transvaal, and to the fact that during the last few months seven Germans and other foreigners have been appointed in the Surveyor-General's Department; and if so, whether he will use his influence to obtain, if not preference, at least equality of treatment for British subjects in such appointments for the future.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Chamberlain.) There is no foundation for the statement that preference is given to foreigners. Only one official of German origin is employed in the Surveyor-General's Department, and he is a naturalised British subject of good qualifications. It is not intended to employ other than British subjects in the Government service of the Transvaal.