HC Deb 22 January 1947 vol 432 c192
6. Mr. T. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will arrange that selected trades unionists from the Malayan Union and Singapore shall come to England in order that they may gain by training, observation and contact with the British trades union movement; and if he will invite a delegation of trades unionists and M.Ps. to go to Malaya to study labour and economic conditions there.

Mr. Creech Jones

I am naturally concerned that there should be a healthy trade union movement in the Malayan territories, and various steps have already been taken to this end. In the consideration of whatever further measures may be necessary I shall certainly bear in mind the suggestions which my hon. Friend has put forward.

Mr. Rankin

When they reach the end of England, can they also come to Scotland?

Colonel Gomme-Duncan

Will the right hon. Gentleman make sure that when they arrive they are given the opportunity of observing that some of the unions in this country are unable to control their members?

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