HC Deb 14 January 1913 vol 46 c1856
2. Mr. HOARE

asked whether the Portuguese planters are recruiting hinterland Liberian labour for their islands in the Gulf of Guinea; and whether, in view of the prevalence of sleeping sickness on the Island of Principe and the danger that returning labourers might carry back this malady to the mainland, he will obtain assurances from the Liberian Government, or from the British company engaged in this traffic, that Liberian labour will not be shipped to the Island of Principe?


It has been already stated in answer to the hon. Member for East Nottingham on 1st January, and the hon. Member for Stafford on 6th January, that I have no reason to believe that any labour is being recruited in Liberia for Principe. The latter part of the question involves technical points on which I must be guided by the expert advice at the disposal of His Majesty's Government.

Sir J. D. REES

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman if he is aware that there is only one British company and one British subject?


Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will give notice.


Is Liberian labour recruited for San Thome.


I rather think it is, but I must ask for notice of the question.

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