§ 3. Mr. MANDER
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps have been taken by the League of Nations to carry into effect Section A of Article 23 of the Covenant, which imposes upon all members the duty to secure and maintain fair and humane conditions of labour for men, women, and children both in their own countries and in all countries to which their commercial and industrial relations extend; and whether any code has been drawn up in this connection?
Mr. A. HENDERSON
A temporary Slavery Commission was set up in 1924, as the result of whose labours, the Slavery Convention of the 25th September, 1926, was concluded, and has been ratified in respect of His Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom and many other States. A number of conventions have also been concluded under the auspices of the International Labour Office, including the Forced Labour Convention of 1930. As the House has already been informed, a Commission of Inquiry into labour conditions in Liberia has recently presented its report to the Council of the League of Nations, and measures for carrying out the suggested reforms are now under active consideration.
§ Mr. ALBERY
Is there any international agreement as to what constitutes fair and humane conditions of labour?