Oral Answers to Questions — Jamaica (Labour Recruitment, Panama).

– in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state the conditions under which workers are recruited in Jamaica for labour in the area of the Panama Canal; and whether this recruitment is in any way supervised by the labour department in Jamaica?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

The recruitment in Jamaica of workers for employment in the Panama Canal Zone is carried out in accordance with the terms of the International Labour Conventions relating to the recruitment of workers and the regulation of written contracts. The Answer to the last part of the Question is in the affirmative.

Photo of Mr Benjamin Riley Mr Benjamin Riley , Dewsbury

Was inspection of the conditions of labour in the area in consultation with the Government of Jamaica and the United States included?

Photo of Mr Harold Macmillan Mr Harold Macmillan , Stockton-on-Tees

Yes, that is carried out by the Kingston Labour Bureau.