§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, Whether breaches of the Truck Law by the Rhymney Iron Company have, during the past two months, been reported to the local Factory Inspector and to the Government, and what action has been, or will be, 1477 taken therein; whether the Rhymney Company has been several times prosecuted for similar offences, and on what occasions; and, whether the same Company was specially reported against by the Commission on Truck 20 years since?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. MATTHEWS) (Birmingham, E.)
Yes, Sir; complaints have been made, and are now the subject of inquiry. I am not prepared to say at present whether it will be possible to procure legal evidence, or what action will be taken. The Rhymney Iron Company have been twice prosecuted for offences under the Truck Act, in 1885 and 1886. An account of the proceedings of this Company is appended to the Report of the Royal Commission on Truck of 1871.