HC Deb 13 March 1940 vol 358 cc1198-9
74. Mr. Creech Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the strike of harbour workers at Singapore continues; what steps have been taken to remove the men's grievances and to improve their conditions; and whether steps are now being taken to evict the men concerned from their houses?

Mr. M. MacDonald

I have received no further official reports of labour unrest at Singapore since my reply to the hon. Member's Question on 31st January; but I am asking the Governor, for information on the present position.

Mr. Creech Jones

Will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to prevent the eviction of these people?

Mr. MacDonald

I have asked for a report, and I shall consider the matter as soon as I have received it.

Mr. Creech Jones

In view of the fact that many people are being evicted from their homes, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps, pending the settlement of the disputes, to see that these people shall be safeguarded?

Mr. MacDonald

I am not at all certain that people are being evicted, although I have seen a Press report. I have telegraphed to the Governor, and as soon as I receive a report I will take action.

Mr. Shinwell

Is it not singular that there has been labour unrest in nearly all the Colonies since the right hon. Gentleman has been in office?