HC Deb 19 February 1907 vol 169 c706

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the effect of the Vrededorp Stands Ordinance of the Transvaal, recently sanctioned by the Government, will be to dispossess a number of the Indian storekeepers and residents, some being transferees of stands and some tenants of standholders; if so, whether compensation will be paid to such Indians so dispossessed; and whether the European transferees of such stands, who, under the Ordinance, are to be granted leases for years, are in some cases aliens


I would refer the hon. Member to the Parliamentary Paper which has just been published, especially to the despatches Nos. 34 and 46. The Secretary of State is already in communication with the Governor with regard to the suggestion that some compensation should be given to the Asiatics. The majority of the Europeans in question appear to be Dutch, but there may be some aliens among them.