HC Deb 11 April 1933 vol 276 cc2364-5
36. Mr. T. WILLIAMS (for Mr. HICKS)

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has yet ascertained the position as regards the enforcement of the Workmen's Compensation Act in the Straits Settlements and the Federated Malay States?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for the COLONIES (Mr. Malcolm MacDonald)

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies, who, as the House knows, is paying a short visit to the Near East, has asked me to reply to his questions. It was found necessary to suggest to the High Commissioner that certain amendments should be made in the Federated Malay States Enactment before bringing it into operation. I have no information as to when it will be found possible to introduce the amending measure, but I assume that in the meantime the Governor of the Straits Settlements will prefer to defer bringing the corresponding Ordinance into operation in the Colony. But the Governor will be asked to insure that there will be no unnecessary delay.