HC Deb 23 May 1907 vol 174 cc1162-3

On behalf of the hon. Member for East Down, I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if the terms under which Chinese coolies in the Transvaal can obtain opium have now been revised.


The question of the amendment of the Ordinance by the reduction of the maximum amount which can be issued was to be brought to the attention of the new Government by Lord Selborne, but I have not heard what decision has been taken.

*MR. REES (Montgomery Boroughs)

Has the right hon. Gentlemen seen a Report by the Commissioner of British Central Africa to the Colonial Office attributing the immunity from fever and the exceptional good health enjoyed by the Sikhs to the moderate and medicinal use of opium?


No, Sir, but I will inquire as to that.