HC Deb 05 April 1878 vol 239 c663

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether the existing payment of the Orange porters connected with the Fellowship of Free Porters in the City of London by means of tokens cashed in public houses by publicans, who obtain remuneration for acting as cashiers, through the sale of liquors to those porters, is in contravention of the Laws that regulate the payment of wages?


in reply, said, he had a communication from the Master of the Fellowship of Free Porters, and, without giving any opinion as to the point of law raised by the Question, he might state that the porters did receive a token for every pack they carried, and it appeared to have been the custom at four public-houses to cash those tokens, and to charge 1d. in the 1s. for so doing. He was not aware whether the practice could be prevented or not, but inquiry would be made into the subject.