HC Deb 28 February 1917 vol 90 c2048W
Sir J. D. REES

asked whether the mission sent to Ceylon and the Malay States to ascertain the method in which the abolition of indentured labour from India can best be effected has yet reported; if not, when such Report may be expected, and whether it will upon, or after, receipt be made available to the House of Commons?


I can make no promise as to laying Papers until I have seen the Report, which can only just have reached the Government of India. As the hon. Member is aware, there is no indentured emigration from India to either Ceylon or the Malay States. The object of the inquiry was to study the conditions of free emigration to those countries with, a view to guidance on the best system of labour emigration to more distant Colonies.