HC Deb 07 August 1912 vol 41 cc3143-4
7. Mr. KING

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether coloured labour is being recruited in Barbados or any other West India Colony for service in the Amazon region; and whether the report of Sir Roger Casement on the Putumayo has been brought to the attention of the Government emigration age at in Barbados with a view to his allowing no further recruitments for the firm of Messrs. Arana?

Mr. GULLAND (Lord of the Treasury)

The recruitment of labour in the West Indian Colonies is regulated by the local authorities under local law. Copies of Sir Roger Casement's Report have been sent to all the local governments, and the attention of the Government of Barbados has been specially called to it. There is no Government Emigration Agent in Barbados, but the Government of that Colony has issued warnings to labourers against accepting employment in South America.


Has a special warning been issued with regard to this firm?


The warning is against accepting all employment in South America.