HC Deb 28 September 1909 vol 11 cc1074-5

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any official knowledge of the number of Chinese labourers in the Transvaal now awaiting repatriation; who is responsible for the delay in providing vessels for their return to China; and when the next shipload is likely to leave South Africa?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Colonel Seely)

Out of the 5,361 Chinese who, according to the Chamber of Mines figures, remained on 31st August, 2,164 sailed from Durban on 21st September, and a further shipment of about 1,300 will take place on or about 9th December. The Secretary of State is not aware that any delay has occurred in the shipment of Chinese on expiration of the contract period.


How many will remain?

Colonel SEELY

I cannot do the sum off-hand, but I think about 1,800.