HC Deb 27 July 1905 vol 150 c584

To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he can state what are the rates of wages now being paid to the Chinese coolies employed on the Rand; and whether there are any coolies who have been employed for a longer period than six months, whose average wage is less than 1s. 6d. a day.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Lyttelton.) The coolies are, I understand, being paid as provided in the contract. The great majority of them do not draw the 1s. 6d. after the expiration of the six months, but enter into the agreement for piece-work contemplated in Article 6, paragraph 1, of the contract.