§ MR. FETHERSTONHAUGH (Fermanagh, N.)
To ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies how many Chinese coolies in the Transvaal have at their own request been repatriated at the public expense down to 1st May, 1907;and has Lord Selborne reported that coolies brought in without licences would require compensation amounting to at least £20 each for loss of what they ignorantly regard as profitable and advantageous employment, and that any proposal to repatriate them would probably lead to riot amongst them.
(Answered by - Mr. Churchill.) The number is 766. Lord Selborne's opinion will be found in his telegram printed at page 5 of Cd. 3405.