§ 14. Mr. WALTER BAKER
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the legislation which it is proposed to initiate in Kenya Colony under which domestic servants will require to be registered and their finger prints taken 797 by the police; and whether he is prepared to consult the Government of India as to its attitude towards any such proposals?
§ Mr. AMERY
I am aware that a Bill for the registration of domestic servants has been under the consideration of a Select Committee of the Legislative Council, but I do not know with what result. The Bill provided that finger prints should be taken not by the police but by the Registrar appointed for the special duty of registration under the ordinance. I see no reason to consult the Government of India on the subject.
§ Colonel WEDGWOOD
Are not finger prints taken simply in order that servants shall not escape from their employers and take up work elsewhere, and are we to encourage a system which practically indentures labour?
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there are certain States where you have to have your finger prints registered before you can get a licence to drive a motor car, and that there is no indignity in it at all?