§ 3. Mr. Day
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he has received any reports from the High Commissioner of the dissatisfaction of the Bamangwato tribe, in Bechuanaland, as to the working of the mineral agreements entered into between the tribe and the British South Africa Company; and will he give particulars?
Mr. M. MacDonald
The British South Africa Company abandoned its mining concession in the Bamangwato Reserve in 1934. Prior to the termination of the concession, the acting-chief of the tribe had expressed his appreciation of the manner in which the prospecting operations had been carried out.
Mr. J. J. Davidson
Was the Chief expressing his personal appreciation, or appreciation on behalf of the Tribe?
§ 4. Mr. Parkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs how many natives of Swaziland, Bechuanaland, and Basutoland had migrated for labour in 2723 other countries in the last year for which statistics are available, whether through Sir Alan Pim's report or from other sources; and what proportion of the adult male population this constitutes?
The numbers of natives to whom labour passes for work in the Union were issued during 1935 were as follow:
In the case of the Bechuanaland Protectorate, the figure represents approximately 12 per cent. of the adult male native population as recorded at the Census last year. I have not received figures showing separately the adult male population in Basutoland and Swaziland, but Sir Alan Pim, in his report on Basutoland, estimated that about 50 per cent. of the adult males are normally absent from the country.
Basutoland 45,493 Bechuanaland Protectorate 8,186 Swaziland 12,963
§ 5. Mr. Parkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is satisfied that the work of development proposed to be carried on by Lord Elcho in Basutoland is in conformity with the principle of non-exploitation which has governed our relations with Basutoland?
The hon. Member's question seems to be based on some misapprehension. Certain new officers, including Lord Elcho, have recently been appointed to fill vacancies as administrative cadets in the Basutoland service, and their duties are of an administrative character.