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South African Territories (Native Workers, Housing)

Volume 389: debated on Thursday 13 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is satisfied that Government and railway non-European employees in Swaziland, Basutoland and the Bechuanaland Protectorate, respectively, are suitably housed in accordance with modern standards; and, if not, whether he will arrange for this to be done?

I am consulting the High Commissioner for these territories on the point raised and will communicate with the hon. and gallant Member on receipt of the High Commissioner's reply. I may mention that there are no railways in Swaziland and only one mile in Basutoland. In Swaziland a start has recently been made on a scheme for the provision of more modern quarters for the native employees of the Government.