Orkneys (Report on Conditions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Navy – in the House of Commons on 9th September 1942.

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Miss Ward:

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he has yet implemented his undertaking to carry out the recommendations of a recent report made on certain conditions in the Orkneys and Shetlands affecting his Department?

Mr. Alexander:

The report to which I understand my hon. Friend is referring was rendered to the Minister of Labour and National Service and dealt with conditions in the Orkneys only. I am not clear to what undertaking my hon. Friend refers, but I may say that the report has been discussed with the Ministry of Labour, and all the principal recommendations have been or are in process of being implemented.

Miss Ward:

Does not the Minister appear to be responsible for the report? Was not the investigation undertaken at his request?

Mr. Alexander:

It was undertaken between the two Departments, because the labour employed was engaged upon an Admiralty contract.