HC Deb 30 June 1949 vol 466 cc110-1W
81. Mr. Osborne

asked the Minister of Labour if he is aware that the s.s. "Georgic" has just arrived carrying 300 unemployed Jamaicans who are seeking work in England; and, in view of the danger of serious unemployment here, what steps he proposes to take to discourage the immigration of cheap labour into this country.

Mr. Isaacs

Yes, 262 British subjects from the West Indies recently arrived in s.s. "Georgic" to seek work in this country. They will be given every help to find suitable employment. When placed they receive the rate for the job and must not, therefore, be regarded as cheap labour. There are no restrictions on the entry of British subjects into Great Britain, but my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies has made it known in the West Indies that inexperienced or unskilled workers may find serious difficulty in getting work and accommodation in Great Britain.