HC Deb 04 July 1904 vol 137 cc462-3

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the fact that when the ss. "Tweeddale" arrived in Durban Harbour on Saturdav, 18th June, a floating cordon of pontoons containing police with loaded rifles surrounded her, police with loaded rifles paraded her decks and the wharves, the coolies were photographed and registered under armed supervision, and entrained for Johannesburg under armed military escort; and whether he will ask Lord Milner for a report on these proceedings by cable.


I am expecting to receive by mail a report on the circumstances of the arrival of these coolies, and I do not propose to telegraph.


Will the right hon. Gentleman lay the despatch when received?

[The Answer was inaudible.]