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Social Security Provisions

Volume 409: debated on Wednesday 28 March 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what general progress is being made regarding the introduction of social security provisions in the Colonies; and in which Colonies there are provisions for old age pensions or the beginnings of a health and unemployment insurance system.

Colonial Governments have been informed of my views on the several possibilities of governmental action in different typical Colonial conditions, and in some of them local committees are now actively examining the feasibility of such action. Trinidad, Barbados and 'British Guiana have made legal provision for non-contributory old age pensions, but no Colony has yet provided for health or unemployment insurance, the possibility of which will no doubt be considered by the local committees mentioned above.