HC Deb 14 February 1907 vol 169 c304
MR. BELLOC (Salford, S.)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been called to the fact that the three years contracts with the Chinese coolies in the Transvaal gold mines may be renewed for limited periods; and whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to recede in any way from the statement made by the Secretary of State in Parliament on the 17th December last that the Government respected the contracts for three years but forbade renewals.†


Under Section 50 of the Letters Patent no contract under the Labour Importation Ordinance can be renewed in the absence of further legislation. The Secretary of State has nothing at present to add to his statement made on 17th December,†