§ MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)
I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has now official information that the Chinese labourers in the Rand mines have been required to make their complaints to the mine managers instead of to the inspectors under the Superintendent of Foreign Labour, as heretofore.
§ MR. CHURCHILL
Lord Selborne has now informed the Secretary of State that in the interest of the maintenance of mine discipline Chinese coolies are told that their proper course if they have complaints is to address them to the mine manager in the first place. If they are not attended to they are then to 1043 approach the inspector. The position taken up by the Superintendent of Foreign Labour in his letter to the Chamber of Mines, see page 86 of Cd. 3025, has been in no way abandoned. The present system, including use of petition box, is working admirably.