HC Deb 05 March 1937 vol 321 cc686-7W
Mr. Lee

asked the Minister of Labour whether he can give any information respecting the advisory committee set up by the International Labour Office in connection with the workers' use of leisure; and what individuals and what societies or interests in this country are represented and/or are members of the committee?

Mr. E. Brown

I presume that the hon. Member refers to the Committee on Workers' Spare Time, which was set up by the Governing Body of the International Labour Office in April, 1936. The Committee comprises an Executive Committee consisting of six members of the Governing Body itself, and an Advisory Committee of Correspondents on Workers' Leisure, consisting of representatives of organisations of the follow- ing types:—(a) Spare time organisations set up by the workers themselves and concerned with Workers' Education Centres, Broadcasting, Housing and Allotments, Sport and Travel; (b) employers' organisations; (c) official organisations; (d) organisations of a general nature, such as those concerned with broadcasting, youth hostels, recreation centres and allotments; (e) religious movements; and (f) miscellaneous bodies. The membership is selected so as to make the Committee, so far as possible, representative of all the States Members of the International Labour Organisation, and the object of the Committee is the co-ordination and development on an international scale of the movement to facilitate the satisfactory use by workers of their leisure. The Executive Committee has met in November, 1936, and in February, 1937.