HC Deb 23 September 1909 vol 11 cc598-9

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that on 28th August of this year the steamship "Mitlah" arrived at Port-of-Spain from India with 817 indentured coolie immigrants; that the expense per immigrant was £27, of which sum the planters requiring such labour would only contribute some £5 per head; whether he is aware that in the same month at Pont-of-Spain some 300 unemployed natives and colonists asked for an interview with the Governor, Sir George Le Hunte, pointing out their destitute condition, and offering to emigrate; and, if so, whether, in view of the number of unemployed, he is prepared to take any action in regard to restricting such importations?

Colonel SEELY

The Secretary of State has been informed of the arrival of the steamship "Mitlah" at Port-of-Spain with the number of immigrants mentioned in the question. He has not received any information bearing on my hon. Friend's further inquiries, but the Governor will be requested to furnish a report in regard to them.