asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what steps have been taken in British Guiana to implement minimum wage legislation, to introduce factory legislation and to appoint an advisory committee, as requested by local trade unions, to investigate conditions in the sugar industry; and whether the workmen's compensation ordinance is working satisfactorily?
Provision was made in the Labour Ordinance, 1942, whereby minimum rates of wages can be fixed by the Governor-in-Council upon the recommendations of an Advisory Committee appointed to investigate the conditions of employment in the occupation concerned. An Order was made on 19th May, 1942, fixing rates for various classes of water-front workers in the port of Georgetown. I am inquiring from the Governor whether further orders have been made and for up-to-date information concerning the appointment of Advisory Committees under the Ordinance. I am also asking the Governor for information on the other points raised in this Question, and will communicate with my hon. Friend on receiving a reply.