§ Mr. Henderson Stewart
asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he has received any reports upon the results of the recent efforts to introduce trade unionism in Malaya; and when he intends to make a report to the House on the subject.
Mr. Creech Jones
Since the resumption of civil government, the encouragement of the trade union movement and of the institution of normal trade union practice and procedure has been the primary function of the responsible trade union advisers and the labour departments of Malaya. Up to the end of March this year over 200 organisations in the Malayan Union had been recognised and registered as trade unions. I have not received the corresponding figures for Singapore but the Governor is being asked for them. When this information is available I will inform the hon. Member.