HC Deb 16 June 1910 vol 17 c1447

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the answer made to a deputation by the Governor, on the eve of leaving Nyassaland in March, to the effect that he agreed to discountenance labour recruiting for places outside the Protectorate, indicates any change in the policy of the Imperial or local Government?

The UNDER-SECRETARY for the COLONIES (Colonel Seely)

No, Sir.


asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that under Clause 23 of the Consolidated Labour Ordinance of the Government of Nyassaland, whereby recruiting is prohibited but power is taken by Government to make special arrangements when required, labour is being exported from Nyassaland for Zambesia, the Transvaal, and Southern Rhodesia; and whether he has received from the Associated Chamber of Agriculture and Commerce of Nyassaland any representations to the effect that labour in that Protectorate is insufficient for its proper development?

Colonel SEELY

The answer to the first part of my hon. Friend's question is in the affirmative. With regard to the second part, the Secretary of State has received from the Government of Nyassaland a copy of a memorandum on the labour question which was laid before him by the Chamber in March last, but from which it appears that the fears of the Chamber as to a shortage of labour have reference to the future rather than to the present.