44. Mr. T. WILSON
asked the Under secretary of State to the Air Ministry if he is aware that a number of Chinese labourers are being employed by certain contractors who are constructing aerodromes for his Department, that the employment of those men is causing unrest among the British workmen on those jobs, and that it is likely to lead to serious labour trouble; and will he state who is responsible for the importation of these Chinamen?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY Of STATE to the AIR MINISTRY (Major Baird)
A certain number of these labourers are at present employed on aerodrome construction. These have not been imported for the purpose, but have been recruited entirely from Chinese seamen who have come to this country as crews or part of crews of ships engaged in the importation of food and stores.