HC Deb 30 June 1960 vol 625 cc1547-8
30. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the official opening by the Governor of Kenya of Solidarity House, Nairobi, and, in particular, about the message of Mr. Reuther, the United States trade union leader, which was read at the opening.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The Governor formally opened the "Solidarity Centre" on 19th June. I understand that, contrary to certain Press reports, no message from Mr. Reuther was read out at the opening. Mr. Reuther's message was delivered the previous day at the annual conference of the Kenya Federation of Labour, at which no Government representatives were present.

Mr. Wall

In either case, will my right hon. Friend draw to the attention of American trade unionists, or do his best to do so, that it is due to British Colonialism that we have the unique association of nations known as the Commonwealth which is expanding year by year in influence and in power?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, I agree, and I have said that firmly on a number of occasions in America. There are two slightly different points here. I disagree firmly with what he said, but I do not wish to attack his right to say it, which is a very different matter.

Mr. Stonehouse

Will the Colonial Secretary take this opportunity of welcoming the development of strong trade unionism in Kenya?

Mr. Macleod

I am, by and large, in favour of strong trade union movements everywhere.

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