HC Deb 23 March 1949 vol 463 cc33-4W
9. Mr. Pritt

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps it is proposed to take, in respect of those Colonies where military bases are leased to the United States of America and the American wage-hour law is enforced in respect of local labour employed on the bases, to ensure that local labour employed by the Colonial Governments or by private employers shall have similar pay and conditions of labour.

Mr. Creech Jones

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Finsbury (Mr. Platts-Mills), stated on 9th March that he proposed to discuss with the United States Government implications of the ruling of 6th December, 1948, by the United States Supreme Court that the United States Fair Labour Standards Act was applicable to the leased area in Bermuda. Pending these discussions, I do not at present contemplate taking any other steps consequent upon the judgment of the Court.