HC Deb 24 April 1890 vol 343 cc1263-4

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if it is a fact that the cavalry bootmakers of Adershot have been removed from the ordinary workshops and put in flagged outhouses, with open drains in and near them; if it is a fact that the bootmakers of the 11th Hussars had to buy coals all last winter out of their wages of 12s. a week; and is it a fact that the master bootmakers of the 16th Lancers, 11th Hussars, 19th Hussars, Army Service Corps, and Engineer Train are receiving 100 per cent. on repairs and 50 per cent. on new work, whilst workmen average 12s. a week wages?


The cavalry bootmakers of Aldershot have not been removed from the place where they have worked for years. The bootmakers of the 11th Hussars bought extra coal last winter to the extent of I cwt. a week. The master bootmakers' profits are fixed by regulation, and in no case exceeds 20 per cent. The men rarely work more than five days a week, and the average in most corps considerably exceed 12s. In the cavalry shops they could amount to 22s. 6d.


What are the average wages? In how many instances are they above 12s. a week?


The wages vary in different forces. If the men choose to work overtime they receive more wages; but, as a matter of fact, they only, as a rule, work for five days a week.