§ MR. HERBERT SAMUEL (Yorkshire, Cleveland)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, seeing that Chinese labourers in the Transvaal will be excluded by the Ordinance recently passed from the benefits of The Transvaal Masters' and Servants' Law, 1880, he will take steps to embody in the regulations about to be framed those parts of that law which are applicable, and especially the sections empowering a Court to set aside a contract of service upon reasonable proof that one of the parties was induced to enter into the same by fraud, misrepresentation, or concealment, securing to a labourer incapacitated by sickness his full wages for the first month of sickness, and in the event of the death of a labourer securing to his heirs or legal representatives any wages that may be owing to him.
§ * THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON,) Warwick and Leamington
As at present advised, in cases where free hospital accommodation is granted I doubt the equity of the second point suggested by the hon. Member, and the first and third points will, I believe, be secured by the existing law. I will take legal advice on the subject and the suggestion will be carefully considered.