HC Deb 09 July 1957 vol 573 c190
33. Mr. Royle

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if the Government of the Bahamas in the terms of its agreement with the firms formally licensed in the Free Port Authority of Grand Bahama will ensure that statutory minimum wages and trade union rights are available to workers in the proposed development of the port.

Mr. Profumo

Firms will be licensed by the Grand Bahama Port Authority and not by the Government of the Bahamas. Under the terms of the agreement with the Port Authority, workers employed by firms so licensed will enjoy the protection of the statutory minimum wages and trade union rights available elsewhere in the Bahamas.

Mr. Royle

Would not it have been better if the Government had undertaken the construction of this new port themselves? The guarantee would have been very much better than it is in the hands of the American millionaires who are building the port.

Mr. Profumo

No, Sir. I think that this is being done in the widest national interests, and I do not think there is any reason to think that it is being done in the wrong manner.

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