§ MR. LOUGH (Islington, W.)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that, under the Ordinances governing indentured Asiatic labour in Trindad and British Guiana, the labourers are entitled by law to leave of absence for one day and one night in every fortnight upon their earning certain wages within that time, and that the employer may give the labourer seven days leave at a time and twenty-six days in the year; and seeing that, under the Transvaal Ordinance. Chinese labourers are entirely dependent for leave of absence upon the will of their employers, whether provision will be made for their enjoying the same right to leave of absence as that provided by the Ordinances in Trinidad and British Guiana.
§ *THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. LYTTELTON,) Warwick and Leamington
I am aware of the terms of the Ordinances of Trinidad and British Guiana. If it is found by experience that under the provisions of the Ordinance the labourers are dissatisfied in this respect, the necessary remedy can be applied by regulation.