HC Deb 09 February 1938 vol 331 cc1053-4
71. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he has given consideration to the social and economic condition of the people of Barbados as recently reported on by the Commission which inquired into the disturbances of last summer; whether, in view of the plight of the labouring sections of the population, immediate steps are being taken to carry through the recommendations of the Commission; and whether a labour adviser will be appointed and attention given to the enactment of an adequate protective labour code?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I am awaiting the considered proposals of the local Government on the recommendations of the Commission, to which the hon. Member refers, but I have written to the Acting Governor requesting him to expedite the submission of these proposals. I understand that he intends to bring before the Legislature at an early date proposals for the appointment of a labour officer, in accordance with the recommendations of the Commission. I would remind the hon. Member that the Barbados constitution provides for representative self-government, and eventual action is dependent on the assent of the Legislative Assembly.

Mr. Creech Jones

In view of the necessity for immediate action, will the right hon. Gentleman make special representations that something should be done without delay?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have made representations, but I have no power.