HC Deb 21 June 1950 vol 476 c1262
3. Mr. Albu

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what are the present numbers on the staff of the manpower adviser to the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Germany; and what are their functions.

Mr. Younger

The present numbers are 43, of which 18 are stationed in the regions and Berlin. The function of the manpower adviser is to exercise general oversight over a wide range of questions in the industrial and social field. These include the relationship between German Governmental bodies, trades unions and employers; the establishment and fostering of machinery and consultation and for the settlement of industrial disputes; terms and conditions of the employment of German labour and reporting upon German legislation relating to employment, wages, working conditions and social security; to advise on all questions relating to German participation in the International Labour Conferences and the work of the International Labour Organisation.

Sir Ralph Glyn

In view of the fact that Sir Brian Robertson is leaving, and that there has not been a Report by the Estimates Committee on functions and expenditure in Germany, will the Foreign Office take the opportunity of issuing a White Paper to show exactly what the situation is in the handing over of this responsibility by Sir Brian Robertson?

Mr. Younger

I will certainly consider that, but I should need notice before giving a reply.