HC Deb 28 June 1906 vol 159 c1129

I beg to ask the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state what steps the Government intend to take to stop the continuance of almost daily outrages on the white population by Chinese coolies; and whether the Government will cause legislation to be introduced into the Legislative Council of the Transvaal, rendering the employers responsible in damages for outrages committed by coolies in their employ.


It is the hope of His Majesty's Government that the measures recently recommended by the Committee which considered the question,† a copy of whose Report will be laid before Parliament with other Papers, will check the outrages, which are the work of a small section of the Chinese. The question of amending the laws of the Transvaal in such a way as to make the importers of indentured labourers responsible in damages for the good behaviour of such labourers during their period of service is one which evidently calls for the attention of Ministers responsible to a Transvaal Parliament. In view of the advent of such an assembly His Majesty's Government do not propose to initiate such legislation themselves.