§ Mr. G. Brown
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he intends to establish a separate labour department in the Colonial Office and to reorganise the Colonial Office Labour Advisory Committee so that labour problems in the Colonies may receive express attention and advice.
§ Mr. George Hall
I am considering proposals for strengthening the section of the Colonial Office engaged on labour problems but I do not contemplate its separation from the Department dealing with social services and welfare as a whole. As regards the second part of the Question, the Colonial Labour Advisory Committee was appointed in 1942 for three years and gave most valuable help to my predecessors. It has now been reconstituted with slightly enlarged membership; and I propose to seek its advice on proposals for an expansion of its activities.