HC Deb 29 May 1907 vol 174 c1631
DR. RUTHERFORD (Middlesex, Brentford)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been drawn to the recent proceedings of the German Colonial Society at Worms, and to the resolution passed thereat, which threatens British-Indian subjects of His Majesty, resident in German colonies, with differential legislation, and to the remarks of the Reichstag Deputy Heir Arnim to the effect that the Boers had passed sharp laws against the Indians and the British had taken them over, and that therefore there was no reason to fear complications with Great Britain; and whether, in view of the fact that His Majesty's Government could more effectively remonstrate with Foreign Powers than with our own people in the Colonies, he would, if necessary, take steps to protect His Majesty's British-Indian subjects in German Colonies from differential and humiliating legislation such as they are at present subjected to in certain of His Majesty's South African Colonies.


I have seen a Report of the proceedings referred to. The question of taking steps for the purpose indicated will be considered if the contingency which the hon. Member contemplates should arise.