HC Deb 10 April 1946 vol 421 cc318-9W
86. Mr. Bottomley

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware that his labour adviser, in his recent Report on labour conditions in East Africa, states that Government Departments in Tanganyika do not always fulfil their legal obligation to provide housing for workers, thus providing private employers with an excuse for their own shortcomings; and what action he intends to take.

Mr. George Hall:

Yes, Sir. The law requires that employers shall properly house their servants if they cannot them selves obtain suitable housing conveniently near to their work. The Government of Tanganyika fully recognises its responsibility, but it has not been possible under war-time conditions to provide housing of a suitable standard in all cases. During the last 12 months since my Labour Adviser's visit the Government has been studying the problem of improving the housing of its employees and hope to remedy the present situation as more European supervisory staff, labour and materials become available. The situation will continue to receive my close attention.