HC Deb 15 May 1890 vol 344 c943

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that certain gross breaches of the Truck Act have taken place at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield, and will he cause an inquiry to be made into the matter; if he is aware that Messrs. Metcalfe are reputed to have transacted business during the working hours of the factory; and if this is contrary to the Rules of the Ordnance Office?

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

Trading of any kind in the factory during working hours would be contrary to regulation. A charge under this head was recently preferred by a discharged workman against two brothers named Metcalfe; but on investigation it was not substantiated to the satisfaction of the Superintendent.