HC Deb 23 July 1941 vol 373 cc881-2
43. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Undersecretary of State for the Colonies what action it is proposed to take respecting the rejection in the Bermuda House of Assembly of labour legislation promoted by Sir Stanley Spurling; whether he considers this act will prejudice the encouragement of effective trade unionism; and what action is to be taken to secure workmen's compensation to workers injured in the course of their employment?

Mr. Shakespeare

No report on this matter has yet been received from the Governor of Bermuda. I may observe, however, that under the Constitution of Bermuda the decision on these matters rests with the House of Assembly and that my Noble Friend has no power to take any action.

Mr. Sorensen

Does not the Minister agree that it is serious that legislation desired by the Government in this country should be rejected in this way, and does he not realise the adverse effect that that will have on labour conditions generally in Bermuda?

Mr. Shakespeare

I appreciate that point, but it arises out of the fact that for 300 years Bermuda has been a self-governing Colony.