HC Deb 01 December 1943 vol 395 cc348-50
40. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether an account will be given respecting the implementation of recommendations of the Bahamas Committee of Inquiry; what steps have been taken to improve trade union law in the Bahamas; and when a secret ballot is likely to be introduced?

Colonel Stanley

Yes, Sir. The position is that trades union and workmen's compensation legislation has already been passed by the Bahamas Legislature. The Trade Union Act, however, falls short in some respects of the standard which I regard as desirable and the question of the introduction of an amending Act is now under consideration locally. It is proposed to introduce into the House of Assembly during the forthcoming Session legislation for the extension of the secret ballot to the whole of the Colony.

Mr. Sorensen

Will any kind of report be available to Members of this House indicating the progress being made by the various schemes in the West Indies?

Colonel Stanley

I do not think I could issue periodical reports, but I should be only too glad to answer Questions at any time showing what has happened.

Mr. Riley

Is there any intention to establish a minimum wage law in the Colony?

Colonel Stanley

Perhaps the hon. Gentleman will put that Question down.

Colonel Sir A. Lambert Ward

Is the introduction of the secret ballot to any extent in the hands of the right hon. and gallant Gentleman's Department, or is it entirely a matter for the Bahamas Legislature?

Colonel Stanley

It is entirely a matter for the Bahamas Legislature.

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