HC Deb 13 April 1937 vol 322 c812W
Major Milner

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether, especially having regard to the rising prices now being obtained, he will instruct governors to use their influence with plantation and other companies producing raw materials so as to ensure better rates of remuneration for both British and native employés?

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

I have every sympathy with the desire that all classes should share in any increase of prosperity in the Colonial Empire, but I do not think that I can usefully issue any general instructions of the nature suggested. The hon. and gallant Member is no doubt aware that minimum wage legislation has been enacted in a large number of Colonial Dependencies. I shall be happy to furnish him with details if he so desires. I must point out, in addition, that in several cases actual wage rates are at present substantially in excess of the statutory minimum rates; and with increasing prosperity further increases may be anticipated. The matter is under constant review by Colonial Governments.