HC Deb 22 February 1904 vol 130 cc554-5

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the conference proposed in his letter of 15th February to the Foreign Office for the purpose of incorporating the suggestions of the Chinese Minister in the Ordinance for the importation of Asiatic labourers into the Transvaal has yet been held; if not, whether he can say when it will be held; and whether the Ordinance and the regulations which accompany it will be laid before the House in the form as modified by the conference before final adoption by the Imperial Government.


The Conference will be held directly. In answer to the second Question of the hon. Member I am unable to give any undertaking.


As I gather from the answer of the right hon. Gentleman that the Ordinance will probably be adopted before this House has had an opportunity of discussing the details, I will ask permission at the close of Questions to move the adjournment of the House.