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Mauritius (Labour Adviser)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what changes in the Labour Department in Mauritius are contemplated; whether the present trade union adviser is being withdrawn; and whether it is proposed to send to Mauritius another officer of equal experience and as acceptable to the people of the Colony.

The post of trade union adviser was a temporary appointment, and the officer who has held it has been appointed to a permanent post in Hong Kong, where his experience will be most valuable. A new post of assistant labour commissioner is being provided in Mauritius, and it is hoped to secure for this post a person with wide experience of trade union practice and procedure.

Can it be made clear to the people of Mauritius that the transfer to Hong Kong of the officer in question is in effect a promotion?

It is a promotion, but, in any case, the appointment in Mauritius was only of a temporary character.