HC Deb 13 March 1888 vol 323 c1063
MR. BROADHURST (Nottingham, W.)

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether it is true that unskilled labourers have been employed in working the rifling machine for gun boring at the Royal Arsenal; and, whether, on Thomas Makepeace, a skilled workman, refusing; to share the responsibility of such important work with an unskilled man, he was discharged from his employment and prevented from obtaining work in any other department of the Arsenal?

THE SECRETARY OF STATE (Mr. E. STANHOPE) (Lincolnshire, Horncastle)

Unskilled labourers are not employed on the machines for rifling ordnance in the Royal Gun Factory. The man Makepeace was discharged for disobedience to orders, and became ineligible for a time for employment in the Ordnance Factories. I need not point out how important it is that discipline should be rigidly enforced in these factories.