HC Deb 01 December 1909 vol 13 c487

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether he is aware of the fact that meetings have been and are being held at various centres in the Indian Empire in protest against the treatment of British Indians in the Transvaal; and whether, in view of the fact that the treatment of those, there, and the deportation of those who have been expelled, is responsible for much Indian disquiet, the Government of India will take any steps, such as the prohibition of further indentured Indian labour to South Africa, by way of protest against such treatment of British subjects?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (The Master of Elibank)

The Secretary of State is aware of the meetings referred to, and the subject is one that receives the constant attention both of the Secretary of State and of the Government of India, but the Secretary of State is unable at present to make any statement as to the future policy of the Government of India in the matter. I might point out to my hon. Friend that no indentured labour is furnished to the Transvaal by the Government of India.