Treatment of Children, Hong Kong.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 21st February 1922.

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The following question stood on the Paper in the name of Mr. CHARLES EDWARDS:

30. To ask the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the records of the Colonial Office show that mui tsai of Hong Kong, of quite tender years, are frequently compelled to labour over 12 hours a day, and that cases have been established in the open court where these children have been forced to work up to a' long as 18 and 20 hours in one day.

Mr. EDWARDS:

This question is postponed, by request, until a week to-day.

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I am much obliged to the hon. Member for postponing this question. I wish to have some correspondence with the Governor of Hong Kong on the subject. I am not entirely satisfied with the drift of the questions and answers on the subject.

Lieut.-Colonel J. WARD:

I am very pleased to hear the right hon. Gentleman —[HON. MEMBERS: "Order, order!"]