HC Deb 27 May 1879 vol 246 c1356

asked the President of the Local Government Board, Whether he is aware that the men who are engaged to work in the parishes of Dudley, Tipton, Sedgley, and Rowley, are paid by such parishes partly in wages and partly in "truck" as it is called; whether he is aware that great complaints are made by the men as to this mode of payment; and, whether he can take any steps to provide against a continuance of this system?


, in reply, said, the out-door paupers relieved by the Guardians of the parishes referred to had the labour test applied to them—a system which he thought very conducive to the interests of the poor and the rights of the labouring classes.