Labour Advisory Board.

Oral Answers to Questions — Sierra Leone. – in the House of Commons on 15th July 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware that there is a majority of employers represented upon the Labour Advisory Board of Sierra Leone and that the Governor has prohibited publication of any report of the proceedings of this board; and whether, in view of the deep concern of workers in this Dependency, he will request the Governor to remove this embargo?

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

The Labour Advisory Board in Sierra Leone consists of a Puisne Judge as chairman, the general manager of the railway and the Director of Public Works as Government representatives, five employers' representatives including one representative of the services and five trade union representatives. Thus, apart from the two Government members, there is equal representation of employers and employed. No orders have been made by the Government prohibiting the publication of any report of the proceedings of the Board. The rules of the Board, which were approved by the Board at its first meeting, provide that meetings shall be held in private unless the Chairman decides that the public should be invited to attend any particular meeting. The Governor states that he is not aware of any deep concern on the part of the workers concerning the non-publication of the minutes and the matter has not been brought to his notice.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that a good deal of the discontent in Sierra Leone and Freetown is that these troubles follow upon Questions asked in this House?