§ MR. HERBERT SAMUEL (Yorkshire, Cleveland)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the provision of Article 4 of the Anglo-Chinese Convention, which declares that coolies under contract for the Transvaal shall not be permitted to leave the depots provided for their accommodation by the British Consuls from the time they have signed their contract until their embarkation, without a pass signed by the Chinese and English authorities or cancellation of their agreement, will be enforced by the Consular guards, or whether a special police will be enlisted for this purpose.
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON,) Warwick and Leamington
I have not before me the precise methods which will be taken to carry out that portion of Article 4 of the Convention to which the hon. Member refers, but I anticipate no difficulty in the carrying out of the necessary steps by the British and Chinese authorities.
§ MR. NORMAN (Wolverhampton, S.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can state by what force, civil or military, the compounds of Chinese indentured labourers in the Transvaal will be policed and neighbouring life and property secured in the event of rioting among the Chinese in the larger compounds.
§ MR. LYTTELTON
I am making inquiry as to the arrangements to be made for the policing of the emigration depots.