HC Deb 16 March 1908 vol 186 c190

I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether natives recruited from Portuguese East Africa are entitled under the regulations to bring their wives and children to the Rand at the expense of the importers, as in the case of the Chinese; and whether, in the event of natives from Madagascar being recruited for the Rand, such provision will be made.


The question of recruitment from Madagascar is not yet sufficiently advanced to make it worth while even to consider, still less to decide, the exact regulations which would be necessary to secure decent and healthy conditions for such labour. Natives of the actual Continent of Africa are recruited for short periods of six month" or a year, and do not, as the hon. Member is aware, bring their wives and children with them to Johannesburg.