§ SIR H. COTTON (Nottingham, E.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State fur the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to a memorial addressed by the Natal Indian Congress in March last to the Colonial Secretary, Maritzburg, protesting against the imposition of prohibitive fees and passes issued under the Immigration Restrictions Act; and whether he will take steps to remove the grievances of which British Indians resident in South Africa complain in this matter.
§ THE UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE COLONIES (Mr. CHURCHILL,) Manchester, N.W.
The Secretary of State has seen a copy of the memorial referred to as printed in a Natal newspaper. The Secretary of State will ascertain from the Governor of Natal what answer was sent by the Colonial Secretary of Natal to the memorial, in reply to the contention that the fees were not reasonable. The Act provides for charging reasonable fees by regulation.