Oral Answers to Questions — Sierra Leone (Essential Work Order)

– in the House of Commons on 9th December 1942.

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Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the number of, and respective, offences committed by convicted workers against the Sierra Leone Defence (Essential Work) (General Provisions) Order of 1942, with the respective fines and imprisonment; the normal weekly hours worked and rates of wages paid; and, as many workers having long distances to travel to and from their homes spend their lives almost wholly in travel, work and sleep, whether provision will be made for occasional time off for such workers to rest?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

The Governor of Sierra Leone has already been asked to supply information on these points. I will communicate the reply to my hon. Friend as soon as it is received.

Photo of Mr David Adams Mr David Adams , Consett

Is the Minister aware that, according to reports that have been received, there have been very heavy convictions?

Photo of Hon. Oliver Stanley Hon. Oliver Stanley , Westmorland

I have not yet received the figures, and I prefer not to make any comment until I have received them.