HC Deb 28 February 1910 vol 14 c560

asked whether the imprisonment of the British-Indians in the Transvaal for refusal to obey the registration laws still continues, and if Mr. Royeppen, a Natal-born Indian, a B.A., L.L.B., of Cambridge, and a barrister of Lincoln's Inn, has recently been arrested, tried, and deported for being in the Transvaal without a registration certificate; and whether His Majesty's Government will take some steps to correct this condition of things within the Empire?


On the 5th of January there were 41 Indians in custody convicted of contraventions of the registration and immigration laws and four more were waiting the result of appeals. I cannot say what the present number may be nor have I any information that Mr. Royeppen has been arrested. The whole subject, which is one of extreme complexity, has been the subject of long correspondence with the Transvaal Government, which is not yet finished. There has also been a frequent interchange of opinion between the Secretary of State for the Colonies and the Secretary of State for India.