§ MR. PEEL (Manchester, S.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs 'whether authority has been given for the recruiting for the Transvaal mines of 5,000 natives in the British Central African Protectorate; and whether he is aware that in consequence of the want of labour the work upon the railway in course of construction in the Protectorate has come to a standstill.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS (Earl PERCY,) Kensington, S.
The answer to the first part of the Question, as I stated in reply to the hon. Member for East Perthshire on the 15th instant,† is in the affirmative. We have received no information of the character indicated in the second part of the Question.