HC Deb 05 December 1890 vol 349 c664
MR. BURT (Morpeth)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he has had any correspondence with William Armstrong, an iron ore miner, of Moor Row, West Cumberland, complaining of the treatment he received from his employers, and the doctors who attended him after he received a serious accident in the mine; whether it is true, as stated by W. Armstrong in a letter addressed to the Home Secretary on the 21st of February, that the doctors are appointed by the mine owners, but "are paid by money deducted from the men's earnings, the workmen having neither voice nor choice in the matter;" whether he has any jurisdiction in a case of the kind; and, if so, whether he has inquired into the subject, and with what result; and if he has any objection to lay the correspondence upon the Table of the House?


The answer to the first two paragraphs is in the affirmative. Mr. Armstrong has already been, informed that this is not a matter in which the Secretary of State has any jurisdiction. Under these circumstances it is unnecessary to lay the Papers before Parliament.