§ MR. NIELD (Middlesex, Ealing)
To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Kaffirs employed in the diamond mines at Kimberley are required to reside, when not at work, in enclosed or fenced-in areas covered with wire netting, and are subject to regulations restricting their individual liberty; and, if so, whether any representations or complaints have been received by His Majesty's Government relative to the conditions of residence, employment, or conduct of such native labourers; and, if so, what action has the Government taken, or proposes to take, with regard to such complaints.
(Answered by Mr. Churchill.) The conditions of employment of Kaffirs in the Kimberley diamond mines are of the nature described, which arise from the special needs of the industry. His Majesty's Government have not received any representations or complaints, but I would point out that the period of contract is usually only three months, after which the Kaffir returns to reside with his wife and family, in the country which his labours have enriched.