HC Deb 05 May 1879 vol 245 c1716

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he has appointed a Committee to inquire into the grievances of the workers in the Army Clothing Factory at Pimlico; and, if so, whether he will state to the House the persons composing the Committee, and will furnish their Report when completed; and, when he will lay upon the Table of the House, as promised, the new and old scale of wages paid in the Clothing Factory, and the changes made in the regulations of that establishment?


Sir, a small Committee of three Gentlemen, over whom the hon. Member for Oldham (Mr. Hibbert) has consented to preside, are about to inquire into the recent grievances of the operatives in the Army Clothing Factory at Pimlico. The Committee will report for the information of the Secretary of State and of myself, and it will be for further consideration hereafter whether the Report shall be made public or not. As I said on a previous occasion, there will be no objection to laying upon the Table of the House the old and new scales of wages paid in the Clothing Factory; and the proper time for doing that, I think, will be when the inquiry has taken place.