HC Deb 17 March 1948 vol 448 cc2074-5
15. Mr. William Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has any statement to make on the conviction of two Land Dayaks in the District Court, Kuching, Sarawak, for failing to comply with an order to assist in transporting the district officer's baggage from Kampong Segu to Kampong Hunggu during that officer's visit to those Kampongs; and how much they were fined.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am making inquiries from the Governor and will communicate with the hon. Member when I have received the reply.

Mr. Teeling

Will the right hon. Gentleman assure us that there is no compulsory service or slave labour or anything like that going on in Sarawak at the moment?

Mr. Creech Jones

I am not aware of any compulsory labour of the kind described. There are, of course, some provisos in the Forced Labour Convention. However, I am looking into the whole matter and will communicate with the hon. Gentleman.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

When the right hon. Gentleman provides his report, could he also add whether or not these men are supporters of the Brooke family in Sarawak?

Mr. Creech Jones

Yes, Sir.

Mr. James Hudson

Will my right hon. Friend make available to the House generally the information which he has promised to pass on to the hon. Gentleman?

Mr. Creech Jones

Certainly, Sir.

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