HC Deb 22 November 1920 vol 135 cc80-1W
Sir A. YEO

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the case of a woman named Mildred Lorig, wife of a native Christian deacon, who was forcibly recruited in November, 1919, from Motalava, Banks Islands, compelled to sign on for labour for a French planter in the New Hebrides, and carried off in spite of her husband's repeated efforts to get her back and his offer to pay money for her return; whether the New Hebrides labour regulations prohibit the engagement of married women without the consent of their husbands; what steps are taken to enforce this rule; whether any, and, if so, what action was taken by the resident commissioner at Vila on receiving a report of these facts; and whether the woman has been returned to her home?

Lieut.-Colonel AMERY

I have no information on the incident, which appears to be a matter for the French authorities. British subjects are not permitted to recruit women as labourers.