HC Deb 15 November 1888 vol 330 c1247

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether, in the event of the Committee of the House of Lords on the Sweating System being unable to complete their inquiries, owing to doubts as to subject-matter of the investigation, the Government will agree to the appointment of a Select Committee of the House of Commons, assisted by working men experts, to continue the inquiry into the Sweating System, and also into the case of the dock labourers, chain makers, &c. of Cradley Heath?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

I am informed that there is no reason whatever to doubt that the Committee on the Sweating System will be able to conclude their work in a satisfactory manner. On August 3 they obtained an extension of the scope of the original Reference, so as to cover the whole of the United Kingdom; and I understand that it is the intention of the Committee to inquire into every trade in which sweating is alleged to exist. At their next sitting they are to receive evidence from dock labourers, one of the classes specially named by the hon. Member.