HC Deb 10 November 1948 vol 457 c186W
42. Mr. Pickthorn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many strikes there were in Malaya in the period of six months immediately prior to the armed attacks; and how many trade unions were under Communist influence.

Mr. Creech Jones

During the six months from December to May, 1948, there were 140 strikes in the Federation of Malaya. It is reported that probably 130 of the 335 trade unions come under Communist influence, while there is some doubt in respect of 70 others.