HC Deb 20 December 1906 vol 167 cc1702-3
MR. REES (Montgomery Boroughs)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies, whether he is aware ‡See Col. 1266. that the neighbouring British Protectorates are dependent to a considerable extent upon Portuguese East Africa for labour; and whether he will arrange that the requirements of such protectorates are not overlooked when the interests of individual groups of mines in the Transvaal are represented to the Administration of Mozambique.

The UNDER-SECRETAEY of STATE for the COLONIES (MR. Churchill, Manchester, N.W.)

The Secretary of State is aware that Portuguese native labour is employed in the neighbouring British Protectorates; he does not anticipate that the proposed arrangements with the Portuguese authorities would affect that supply; but he will take care that the Administrations of Protectorates likely to be interested have an opportunity of making any representations they may desire.