§ Sir HENRY COTTON
asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the fact that the immigrant Indian population of the Federated Malay States was 123,000, who are all Tamils from the South of India, and to the fact that the number of Tamil schools in 1908 was only 18, with an average attendance of only 819; and whether special steps are being taken to extend educational facilities for these immigrants?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Colonel Seely)
My attention has been drawn to the number 1642 of Tamil schools in the Federated Malay States as compared with the Indian population of the States. I am not aware that special steps require to be taken to extend educational facilities to the Tamil immigrants, but the Secretary of State has requested the High Commissioner to consider the matter.