HC Deb 29 March 1904 vol 132 c975

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has requested Lord Milner to represent to the Native Labour Association at Johannesburg that the Government disapprove of Chinese labourers who have been enlisted for the Transvaal being removed from the places in which they live before the recruiting agents, who are already at work, receive licences under the Ordinance, and before the Chinese Government have been able to make known by advertisement the nature of the contract the labourers will be asked to sign at Hong-Kong.


I have not thought it necessary to give such directions to Lord Milner. I have no information, and do not believe that recruiting of Chinese labourers has proceeded beyond preliminary steps intended to prevent loss of time when the Ordinance, the regulations and the requirements of the Chinese Government come into operation.