HC Deb 07 May 1906 vol 156 c968

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that many of the Chinese working in the Transvaal mines are illiterate persons, and what steps will be taken in their cases to enable them to understand the repatriation proclamation and to prepare the petition for repatriation required by the proclamation; through what channels in each mine these petitions from the Chinese coolies are to reach the Superintendent of Foreign Labour; and what security has been taken to see that the coolies are not intimidated into not sending petitions.


The conduct of the whole matter will be entrusted to Mr. Jamieson and his officers, who, the Secretary of State is convinced, may be trusted to see that the coolies receive fair opportunities of understanding and accepting the offers of the proclamation. I may add that the work of Mr. Jamieson will be carried on under the supervision of Lord Selborne, and we have every confidence that full and bona fide effect will be given to the policy the Government have laid down.