HC Deb 15 May 1958 vol 588 c591
16. Mr. Benn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what representations have been received about industrial conditions in Aden from the Trades Union Congress there; and if he will make a statement on the recent strike.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

The Aden T.U.C. called a 24-hour general strike on 25th April, which was widely supported but peaceably conducted. They presented to the Governor a memorial asking for the repeal and replacement of the Immigration Ordinance, the establishment of an Employment Bureau and the introduction of a Social Insurance Scheme, and the imposition of price control on foodstuffs. I am awaiting the Governor's views on these representations.

Mr. Benn

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there is severe discontent about this issue and some other issues in Aden, and, since the Aden T.U.C. has suggested that an international commission might visit the Colony to examine it, will he consider that application sympathetically?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I ought to give the Governor a chance to write to me first.

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