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International Labour Office

Volume 393: debated on Wednesday 3 November 1943

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7.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps His Majesty's Government are taking to implement their policy of strengthening and developing the I.L.O. and making it the main instrument to give effect to Clause V of the Atlantic Charter?

His Majesty's Government are giving full support financially and otherwise to the International Labour Office. Close contact is being maintained with the Chairman of the governing body and with the Acting-Director of the International Labour Office with regard to the work of the organisation. In particular consideration is being given to arrangements for holding meetings of the governing body of the International Labour Office at which action in connection with post-war reconstruction will be discussed.

As the International Labour Office seems to be the only part of the League of Nations which is working, will the right hon. Gentleman take steps to maintain the International Labour Office and scrap the rest?

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Economic Section of the League of Nations is doing a very valuable job of work?

9.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the subcommittee of the Interim Commission on Food and Agriculture, which has been set up to work out a plan for a permanent organisation, will take into account the desirability of the I.L.O. being fully represented on such a body?

The International Labour Office were invited to submit papers for study by the Hot Springs Conference on Food and Agriculture, and I am sure that the desirability of asociating them in some appropriate manner with the permanent organisation will not be overlooked.

10.

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the I.L.O. will be invited to participate in the United Nations Relief and Reconstruction Administration, in view of the resolution passed at the New York Conference in 1941, that the I.L.O. should be represented at any peace or reconstruction conference?

His Majesty's Government would welcome the participation of the International Labour Office in an appropriate manner in the work of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. It will be for that Administration, when set up, to decide whether, and in what manner, this participation can best be arranged.