§ 21. Mr. PALING
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to the outbreak of scurvy in the Lupa mining area, and to the statement in the report of the recent Government Commission in Nyasaland that emigrant labour in this area is underfed and that the average pay is only 10s. a month; and what steps are being taken, by the enforcement of better conditions of pay and food, and by labour inspection and medical facilities, to prevent such an occurrence in the future?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Ormsby-Gore)
The Government of Tanganyika is already paying attention to problems arising from the employment of natives in the Lupa goldfield, and a special effort is being made in particular to deal with the incidence of scurvy. I am sending the hon. Member a memorandum which sets out some of the measures taken or contemplated by the Tanganyika Government in this area. In addition, the general question of labour conditions in the Territory has recently been the subject of review by an authoritative local committee, whose report is expected early in the New Year.