HC Deb 19 November 1906 vol 165 c400

I beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer if his attention has been called to the fact that the latest returns from Johannesburg show that 40 per cent. of present output of gold from the Rand, or about 10 per cent, of the whole production of gold in the world, is now produced by Chinese labour; and whether, in the interests of the Bank of England and of the trading classes, he can take any steps to prevent this source of gold supply being interfered with from any quarter.


Questions relating to labour statistics in the Transvaal would, I think, be more appropriately addressed to my hon. friend the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies. I have no reason to anticipate any action on the part of the Government or anyone else which is likely to lead to a serious diminution in the present rate of gold production.