HC Deb 19 February 1908 vol 184 cc806-7

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that, in the year 1905–6, 1,768 indentured immigrants in Trinidad were committed to prison for breaches of the Immigration Ordinance; that 10s. is paid by the police court to the constable who arrests any deserting immigrant; and, if so, can he state the annual amount of such rewards, and whether such is paid by the planters or the Government.


It appears from the Trinidad Prisons Reports that the number of indentured immigrants imprisoned in 1905–6 for breaches of the Immigration Ordinance was 1,659; but the number so imprisoned in 1906–7 was 1,758. The Secretary of State s unaware of any arrangement or provision under which the payments indicated by the hon. Member could possibly be made; but if he so wishes, inquiry will be made of the local Government whether there is any foundation for the statement.