Hong Kong, Treatment of Children.

Oral Answers to Questions — Palestine. – in the House of Commons on 14th March 1922.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Griffiths Mr Thomas Griffiths , Pontypool


asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make an investigation as to whether, under the mui tsai system of Hong Kong, the mui tsai girls of any household do, upon the death of the owner, become the property of concubines in the household, and are disposed of by them for cash, with other elements in the estate of the deceased owner?

Photo of Sir Charles Edwards Sir Charles Edwards , Bedwellty


asked 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 as long as 18 and 20 hours in one day?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Dundee

I am glad to say that the industrial situation in Hong Kong has greatly improved since last week, but the Governor has not yet been able to answer my inquiries owing no doubt to continued pressure on the Chinese Secretariat and himself. In these circumstances I fear I must again defer the statement I had hoped to make, but hon. Members may rest assured that there will be no avoidable delay.