HC Deb 03 March 1904 vol 131 c55

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, at the conference between the Colonial and Foreign Offices, convened to determine certain matters in connection with the introduction of indentured Chinese labour into the Transvaal, the Chinese Minister took objection to the recruiting of coolies by agents from the Transvaal before the terms of the Ordinance and the form of the accompanying regulations had been settled as between the Chinese and British Governments; and, if so, whether any assurance was given that the recruiting of coolies for the purposes of the Ordinance would be discontinued until the first complete and operative form of the Ordinance and its regulations had been determined upon.


I must decline to make any statement with regard to the conference while the negotiations are proceeding.