HC Deb 31 March 1908 vol 187 cc309-10
MR. BRIDGEMAN (Shropshire, Oswestry)

I beg to ask the Under-Secre- tary of State for the Colonies how many of the Chinese miners who have been repatriated have been replaced in the Transvaal mines by white miners of British origin.


None, Sir, as far as I am aware. The Chinese were by law restricted to unskilled labour, and their places are being taken by Kaffirs.


Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that a member of the Government sitting beside the right hon. Gentleman announced that if the Chinese were withdrawn 50,000 white men would find work?


I am not aware that that statement was made, but if it were made it could scarcely be more absurd than the statement of Lord Milner that for every 10,000 Chinese there would be 1,000 white men employed.

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