HC Deb 08 May 1962 vol 659 c21W
Sir Richard Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will call for a report on the circumstances under which the official United Kingdom trade mission which recently visited Antigua refused to meet the Antigua Employers' Federation, which is a member of the West Indies Employers' Consultative Committee, is affiliated to the Overseas Employers' Federation and is the most representative organisation of employers on the island.

Mr. Maudling

No. This mission was composed of a group of industrialists representing the Western Hemisphere Exports Council, though it had Government support. They decided at the outset of a crowded tour to exclude formal meetings with associations of bath employers and employees because of the limited amount of time available to them. They were at pains, however, to have private discussions with members of such associations and, of course, wherever they went, they had formal meetings with bodies such as Chambers of Commerce which were directly concerned with the objects of their mission.

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