HC Deb 11 May 1949 vol 464 cc1833-4
31. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the Trades Union Congress in this country has been consulted and their co-operation secured in regard to facilities for West African and other colonial trade unionists to visit this country and secure experience of British trade union methods and organisation.

Mr. Creech Jones

Preliminary consultation has taken place with the Trades Union Congress on facilities for a number of Nigerian trade unionists and I am awaiting particulars of the proposed trainees in order that arrangements for practical training with individual unions here can be explored. The Trades Union Congress have agreed to co-operate in a scheme under which West Indian trade unionists are to be given six months' practical courses in trade union work in this country.

Mr. Sorensen

Will the right hon. Gentleman say how many prospective trainees will come to this country?

Mr. Creech Jones

I cannot say. That is a matter for discussion now.

Mr. Awbery

Is the Minister aware that a deputation from the trade unionists of this country to the various Colonies would do more than anything else to create good feeling and confidence amongst the natives, and would he invite the Trade Union Congress of this country to send such a deputation to the various Colonies?

Mr. Creech Jones

That will he considered.