§ Mr. NEWMAN
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can now state the percentage of mortality as disclosed in the latest available Returns among the non-indigenous black population employed in the Rand mining industry; whether he can state the percentage that prevailed among the Chinese labourers at the date of their repatriation; and whether he is aware of a resolution that has been recently passed by a public body in the Transvaal asking that labour from the Chinese Republic be permitted?
§ Colonel SEELY
The official Returns in the possession of the Secretary of State do not distinguish between indigenous and non-indigenous natives. The death rate of the Chinese for the year 1909 from all causes was 11.51. He has no official information of any proposal with regard to Chinese labour.