HC Deb 31 July 1911 vol 29 cc22-3

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if his attention has been called to the death rate among the natives employed in the Transvaal mines in place of the repatriated Chinese and to the death rate among such of the natives as have been recruited from British Nyassaland, Nyassa, and Zambesia; and if he proposes to take any steps to prevent such recruiting from Colonies under the Colonial Office?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Harcourt)

The mortality among the Nyassaland natives in the Transvaal is causing me great concern, and I am in active communication with the Union Government, who hope, however, to see a material improvement in the course of a few months owing to the restriction of tropical natives to mines where proper change houses exist. Further measures may be required, but if they fail the stoppage of emigration may be necessary.