HC Deb 21 March 1906 vol 154 c368

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether coolies who have been illegally flogged in South Africa are entitled to recover damages for assault from any person or persons; and, if so, whether the Secretary of State will undertake that they shall be informed of the nature of their remedy and furnished with the necessary facilities, for prosecuting it.


A coolie is entitled to recover damages for illegal assault. Under the Labour Importation Ordinance of 1904, it is part of the duty of the superintendent and inspectors to inquire into any complaint which a coolie may have to make. In inquiring into any complaint, no doubt the superintendent or inspector would inform the coolie of any civil remedy open to him. The Secretary of State considers that in these circumstances it is not necessary to make any special notification to the coolies on the subject.

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