§ MAJOR SEELY (Liverpool, Abercromby)
To ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the maximum sum estimated to be required during the present year for the repatriation of Chinese coolies at their own request, and how much has been spent for this purpose up to the present time.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) No provision for this service was made on the Estimates for this year. A sum of £10,000 was paid over from Imperial funds on 27th September, and a further sum of £6,050 on 1st October. On Saturday application was made to the Treasury for a further payment of £5,000, making a total expenditure of £21,050. The probable future requirements for this service cannot at present be estimated.