§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON (Tower Hamlets, Poplar)
To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies what was the number of natives employed in the Transvaal gold mines under the auspices of the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association, on the last day of each month, for each month of 1903 and of 1904 (as far as available).
(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttleton.) The figures given for 1903 in the statement 1163 by the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association showing the numbers of natives employed by members of the association (published by the Chamber of Mines in their Annual Report for 1903) are:—1903—January, 50,225; February, 52,759: March, 57,806; April, 60,872; May, 63,832; June, 66,479; July, 68,821; August, 70,892; September, 71,472; October, 72,358; November, 72,978; December, 73,218. I have no other figures for 1904 than those given in my reply to the hon. Member of 9th May.†