HC Deb 03 May 1887 vol 314 cc697-8
MR. SEXTON (Belfast, W.)

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether he will send one of the Inspectors of Factories, or some other competent person, to Belfast, to inquire and report whether the good offices of the Government can be carefully employed to bring about a settlement of the dispute which has resulted in a strike of 6,000 shipyard employés?


(who replied) said: So far as Inspectors of Factories are concerned, the practice has always been to prohibit their interference in any trade disputes between masters and workmen; and the Secretary of State thinks it would be undesirable to deviate from this practice. Nor does he think that the Government could undertake to tender their good offices for the settlement of any such dispute, or to send any person to inquire into the matter.