Employees' Dismissal.

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 apprentices Laminah Kamarah, Amadu Jalloh, Barbar Mansaray, Amadu Turay, employed by the Naval Service Department, an essential undertaking, reported to the commissioner of police that they had been dismissed from their employment without notice and the commissioner declined to take action against their employers in accordance with the Order; and whether, as workers in Sierra Leone are being fined or imprisoned for offences under the Order, he will see that proceedings are taken against the above employers or other offenders and remove thereby the charges of discrimination made against those in authority in Sierra Leone?

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

The four persons mentioned by my hon. Friend were learners, at naval expense, who failed to pass the qualifying test as motor drivers and were discharged by the naval stores officer without the prior permission of the war services officer. They reported to the Central Police Station, but some delay occurred since they had applied to the wrong department; when redirected, however, they received immediate attention. The naval stores officer was successfully prosecuted by the police on a charge of terminating their employment without the permission of the war services officer.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this case is one of quite a number of cases reported in the Press in which employers have not been prosecuted and have dismissed persons employed without notice?

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

The hon. Member must have misunderstood my reply. This is a case in which employers were successfully prosecuted.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

I understand that, and I am obliged.