HC Deb 24 July 1946 vol 426 cc22-3
33. Mr. Rees-Williams

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many trade union advisers are on duty in the Malayan Union and Singapore, respectively; and what progress has been made with the formation and registration of trade unions.

Mr. George Hall

Three trade union advisers have been appointed to the Malaya service, one of whom has now been promoted to the post of industrial relations adviser in the Malaya Union. The other two are serving in Singapore and the Malaya Union respectively. I am asking the two Governors for reports on the matters raised in the second part of the Question and will write to my hon. Friend when I receive them.

Mr. Walter Fletcher

I should like to ask that, in view of the fact that there exist already in the Chinese community trade unions some thousands of years old, no pressure will be brought to bear to compel them to accept the more immature Western model.