HC Deb 26 February 1963 vol 672 cc131-2W
15 and 16. Mrs. Hart

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) if he will request the Governor of Aden to give an assurance to the Aden Trades Union Congress that under the terms of the Registration of Societies Bill, he will be ready to approve its exemption from registration under Clause 6, subsections (1) and (3), and will not regard it as prejudicial to or incompatible with peace, welfare or good order in the Colony, in the terms of subsection (6) of Clause 6 of the Bill;

(2) if he is aware of the limitations upon the freedom of political and trade union associations which are proposed in the Aden Government's Bill for the Registration of Societies; and if, in order to ensure that freedom should be extended, rather than curtailed, in British Colonial Territories, he will take steps to secure the removal of these limitations.

Mr. Fisher

It is for the Aden Council of Ministers, with whom the primary responsibility now rests, to decide whether and in what form this Bill is to be introduced into the Aden Legislature. I cannot answer a hypothetical question about the action which my right hon. Friend might be willing to take if it becomes law, but I can give an assurance that the views already expressed in this House have been brought to the attention of Aden Ministers by the High Commissioner.

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