HC Deb 06 June 1890 vol 345 cc155-6

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his attention has been called to a dispute in the tailoring trade in Glasgow, and to the importation of journeymen tailors from Germany by certain master tailors of the city; whether he is aware that the men, previous to their departure from Germany, were induced to enter into a 12 months' contract with the master tailors of Glasgow, without being informed that there was a dispute in the tailoring trade of that city; and whether a contract so entered into is binding?


I have no information as to the facts, but I have telegraphed to Glasgow for them. Whether the alleged contract is binding is a question of Scotch Law, as to which I have no authority to give an opinion.


I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Foreign Office could instruct the British Consuls in the towns of Germany, from which men are being brought, to notify the tailors of such places that a dispute exists in the tailoring trade of Glasgow?


It is not a matter in which Her Majesty's Government can properly interfere.