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Transvaal Immigration Restrictions

Volume 180: debated on Thursday 15 August 1907

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I beg to ask the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether his attention has been drawn to Clause 6 of the Immigration Restriction Bill recently enacted by the Transvaal Government, under which any person who may be deemed by the Minister, on reasonable grounds, to be dangerous to the peace, order, and good government of this Colony if he remain therein, may be arrested and removed from the Colony by warrant under the hand of the Minister, and, pending removal, may be detained in such custody as may be prescribed by regulation; and whether, when the measure is submitted for Imperial sanction, His Majesty's Government will represent to the Government of the Transvaal the advisability of withdrawing any clause which empowers Ministers to imprison and deport at their discretion and without trial in time of peace.

I have seen the clause referred to, but I have already indicated that no statement can be made as to the action which will be taken by His Majesty's Government until the Bill is received in its final form, reserved as it will be for the signification of His Majesty's pleasure.