HC Deb 20 March 1941 vol 370 cc266-7
5. Mr. Mander

asked the Minister of Labour whether he will consider the advisability of establishing an organisation in his Department to assist Allied Governments in England in obtaining information with regard to labour questions; and whether he will consult the Governments concerned on the subject?

Mr. Bevin

The International Labour Branch of my Department already acts as an information centre for the Allied Governments on matters affecting the employment of their nationals in this country, including the social services and related questions. This information is supplied, either in response to requests from the Allied authorities, or on the initiative of the Branch when fresh developments on labour questions take place as the result of new legislation or regulations. This information service is being developed, and I do not consider it necessary to set up any new organisation for the purpose within my Department.

Mr. Mander

If my right hon. Friend found that further facilities which would be of assistance to the Allied Governments were required would he be good enough to consider the possibility of increasing such facilities?

Mr. Bevin

I do not mind increasing facilities, but I am opposed to constantly seeing new organisations set up.

Mr. R. Gibson

Is the right hon. Gentleman making full use of the machinery of the International Labour Organisation, which is not a new organisation?

Mr. Bevin

I think so.