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Sierra Leone (Reforms)

Volume 388: debated on Wednesday 7 April 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he is aware of the demands of the workers of Sierra Leone for the establishment of unemployment insurance, free education for workers' children and free medical attendance on workers and families, for the formation of a Merchant Navy pool and the provision of labour exchanges; and whether he will recommend that the reconstituted Labour Advisory Board should consider and report upon these and/or other reforms to the Government?

I am aware that increasing interest is being shown in the Colonies in these matters, but no specific representations with regard to them on behalf of any class of workers in Sierra Leone have so far been brought to my notice. A labour exchange has already, I understand, been set up in Freetown. As regards the second part of the Question, I will certainly ask the Governor to consider, if he has not already done so, to what extent the Labour Advisory Board should be deputed to examine and report upon any of these subjects.