HC Deb 26 June 1969 vol 785 c1699
32. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Employment and Productivity what arrangements have been made for the Director General of the International Labour Office to visit the United Kingdom in connection with the 50th anniversary of that organisation; if she will provide facilities for him to meet members of both Houses of Parliament; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Hattersley

At the First Secretary's invitation, Mr. David Morse, the Director General of the International Labour Office, will next month be paying a short official visit to this country to mark the 50th Anniversary of the International Labour Organisation. Mr. Morse will then be meeting representatives of employers' organisations, the trade union movement and members of the Government and Opposition. I will bear the hon. Member's suggestion in mind, but in the limited time available it will be difficult to add to the arrangements already planned.

Mr. Pavitt

Is my hon. Friend fully seized of the pride that we on these benches have at the part that Britain and the British trade unions have played in helping this remaining section of the League of Nations to continue its work for 50 years and in the magnificent job that it has done for workers all over the world?

Will my hon. Friend ensure that during Mr. David E. Morse's visit we are able to give expression to the pride that we have in the part that we have played in his organisation?

Mr. Hattersley

The Government share that view. The object of the First Secretary's invitation was to make it apparent.