HC Deb 20 July 1955 vol 544 cc42-3W
56. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many workers are now unemployed in Singapore; and what steps are being taken to establish an unemployment insurance fund similar to the one we have in this country.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Registration at employment exchanges is voluntary; the number registered during the first half of 1955 averaged 6,892. The International Labour Organisation has been asked to provide an expert to investigate the need for social security measures, including unemployment assistance. Meantime there is provision for relief payment by the Public Assistance Board to unemployed persons on the basis of need.