HC Deb 26 August 1907 vol 182 c152
MR. FELL (Great Yarmouth)

On behalf of the hon. Member for Gravesend, I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether there are any regulations in existence in Trinidad or Jamaica, or other of the West Indian islands, to provide for proper protection of Natives recruited for places outside the islands, such as Panama, which assure that the nature of the occupation and the terms of contract as to pay, residence, food, hours of work, holidays, and repatriation, are made clear to the emigrating indentured labourers; and, if so, will he lay them upon the Table.


A Return will be laid upon the Table of the House giving a list of any ordinances dealing with the emigration of labourers from the British West Indian Colonies to foreign countries, and copies of all the laws in question and of any important regulations issued under the laws will be sent to the Library of the House of Commons. This will be more economical and will involve less labour than the printing of all the laws and regulations in the form of a Blue-book.