HC Deb 16 July 1952 vol 503 c2134
25. Mr. Hector Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies, in view of the success of the system of official labour and trade union advisers to the Governments of African British Colonies, if he will extend this system to other Colonies in the British Empire and if he will make a statement of his future plans in this matter.

Mr. Lyttelton

In all but the smallest non-African territories there are already labour departments staffed with officers of suitable training and experience able to advise Governments on labour and trade union matters. The provision of such advice to Governments through the officers of these labour departments is a permanent feature of the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Hughes

May I take it from that that the Secretary of State agrees with the suggestion in the Question that this has been a great success, and will he consider extending it in order to pave the way for constitutional advances in the various Colonies?

Mr. Lyttelton

I think the hon. and learned Member will see from my answer that I think that on the whole this is going quite well.