Oral Answers to Questions — British Consular Service, United States

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th June 1944.

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Photo of Mr John Dugdale Mr John Dugdale , West Bromwich 12:00 am, 7th June 1944

asked the Secretary of State for Foregn Affairs how many British consulates in the U.S.A. have officers dealing with conditions of labour attached to them.

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

No British Consular officials in the United States of America deal exclusively with labour questions, but His Majesty's Consular officers report on such matters to His Majesty's Ambassador at - Washington, who has on his staff a Labour Attaché, Mr. A. McD. Gordon.

Mr. Dugdaie:

Would not be advisable to have such officers attached at least to the larger consulates in the United States, particularly to deal with trade union matters?

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

Mr. Gordon is our officer at Washington. I do not think that it would be practicable to multiply that representation in all the consulates in the United States. It would need a very large staff.

Photo of Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence Mr Frederick Pethick-Lawrence , Edinburgh East

If it would not be possible to have labour officers in all the consulates, would the right hon. Gentleman see whether this admirable experiment, which has justified itself at Washington, may not be repeated in some other parts, at any rate, of the United States?