HC Deb 29 February 1956 vol 549 cc1172-3
24. Mr. D. Jones

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the Hawkins Committee on Singapore's transport has yet reported; and if he will make copies available to hon. Members.

Mr. Hare

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Bristol, Central (Mr. Awbery) on 22nd February.

Mr. Awbery

Is the Minister of State aware that this fight has been going on for five months, that an independent tribunal has given a decision, and that this company refuses to implement the decision of the independent tribunal? Will he take steps now to withdraw from those people the exclusive right to run transport in Singapore?

Mr. Hare

I think that the hon. Member will probably agree with me that as the Report is now being considered by the Government of Singapore we had better wait until we know their views upon it.

Mr. D. Jones

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. The Hawkins Committee has nothing to do with the strike in Singapore. The Hawkins Committee was set up to consider the management and control of transport there.

Mr. Speaker

That is not a point of order. I could not adjudicate on that.

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