asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what decisions have been reached by the Government of Nyasaland in regard to the mining of iron ore three miles from the main railway line near Lirangwe; to what extent the Government of Nyasaland will participate in the production of the ore; for what purposes it will be used; and if trade union rights and minimum wage rates will be included in any agreements undertaken with private industrial organisations.
No decisions have yet been reached. The matter is still in the exploratory stage and the question of Government participation has not arisen. Small amounts of ore may initially be mined for cement production. The protective provisions of the Trade Unions and Trade Disputes Ordinance, the Wages and Conditions of Employment Ordinance and the African Employment Ordinance would automatically apply to the employees of any mining company.