HC Deb 12 February 1951 vol 484 cc31-2W
Sir R. Acland

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Government of Nyasaland is taking any action with regard to the problem of migrant labour, in view of the hardship inflicted on dependants, particularly in the famine of 1949; and whether it is the intention of His Majesty's Government to make a free grant to Nyasaland as a contribution from the British people towards the hardship and losses resulting from the famine.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Nyasaland Africans are recruited for work in Northern and Southern Rhodesia under conditions which comply with the requirements of international labour conventions and include repatriation after an agreed period and provision for family remittances and deferred pay. Similar conditions are observed by the Witwatersrand Native Labour Association which recruits Africans for work in the mines of the Union of South Africa. In determining annual quotas for recruitment under these arrangements, the Government has regard to the existing economic and social needs of Nyasaland itself. It was possible in 1949 to allocate to the Protectorate an additional £500,000 from funds provided under the Colonial Development and Welfare Act.