HC Deb 06 March 1906 vol 153 c291

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the number of Chinese coolies in the compounds in South Africa will be immediately reduced by 40 per cent, as a result of the decision of the Imperial Government to repatriate those coolies desiring to return to China at the public expense; and if he will say what steps are being taken to inform the coolies of the decision of the Imperial Government.


The time has not yet arrived for taking steps to inform the coolies, and meanwhile it is not possible to say what number of coolies will desire to return to China as a result of the decision of His Majesty's Government. The matter is being expedited, and I trust a definite announcement will not be long delayed.