HC Deb 22 July 1908 vol 193 c85
SIE WILLIAM BULL (Hammersmith)

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any further information as to the progress of the two Natal Bills, one of which will deprive lawfully resident British-Indians of the right to acquire new trading licences, and the other of which proposes to dispossess established traders of their business licences within the next ten years; and whether he will reassure this House and our Indian fellow-subjects, who are anxiously watching these proceedings, by an expression of his intention to recommend the disallowance of the said measures should they be submitted for Imperial sanction.


As I stated in reply to a Question yesterday with regard to one of these Bills, the Secretary of State is in communication with the Natal Government. I would add that his representations cover the other Bill also, but I am not at present in a position to make a further statement.