HC Deb 07 June 1944 vol 400 cc1330-1
8. Mr. John Dugdale

asked the Secretary of State for Foregn Affairs how many British consulates in the U.S.A. have officers dealing with conditions of labour attached to them.

Mr. Eden

No British Consular officials in the United States of America deal exclusively with labour questions, but His Majesty's Consular officers report on such matters to His Majesty's Ambassador at - Washington, who has on his staff a Labour Attaché, Mr. A. McD. Gordon.

Mr. Dugdaie

Would not be advisable to have such officers attached at least to the larger consulates in the United States, particularly to deal with trade union matters?

Mr. Eden

Mr. Gordon is our officer at Washington. I do not think that it would be practicable to multiply that representation in all the consulates in the United States. It would need a very large staff.

Mr. Pethick-Lawrence

If it would not be possible to have labour officers in all the consulates, would the right hon. Gentleman see whether this admirable experiment, which has justified itself at Washington, may not be repeated in some other parts, at any rate, of the United States?