HC Deb 07 March 1927 vol 203 cc869-70W

asked the Minister of Labour what European members of the League of Nations, apart from those which have deposited ratifications of the Washington Eight Hours Convention with the Secretary-General of the League of Nations, have passed legislation enabling them to ratify subject to ratification by this country, or whose Governments have announced their intention of ratifying if this country is prepared to do so?


In France legislation has recently been adopted by the Senate enabling the Government to ratify the Convention conditionally on ratification by Germany and Great Britain. I am not aware that any other of the countries referred to by the hon. and gallant Member has mentioned this country by name either in declarations of policy in regard to this matter or in legislation.I am also informed that the German Government has prepared a Bill dealing inter alia with the question of hours with the intention of ratification if the other Western Powers of Europe take similar action, but I am not in a position to state whether its terms are fully in accordance with the provisions of the Washington Convention or the London Agreement.