HC Deb 16 April 1885 vol 296 c1872

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether he form of tender for clothing issued by the Department contains a clause of the following purport:— All garments shall be made up at contractor's factory at [contractor to state position of factory] only, and no work whatever must be done at the homes of the workpeople. Any infringement of this condition, if proved to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State for War, shall render the contractor liable to a penalty not exceeding £700; and, whether, with reference to the alleged sub-letting of the Post Office Clothing Contract to a sweater at the East End of London, he will cause the contract to be cancelled and the penalty enforced if such sub-letting has taken place?


The clause quoted in the Question—in which, by the way, the penalty should be £100, not £700—is not inserted in the tender or contract for Post Office clothing, as was stated in my reply to the hon. Member on Monday last. It is, however, included in the contract for Army clothing. It is not intended to take any steps to cancel the contract for Post Office clothing, which has not been sub-let.