§ MR. HERBERT KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN (Kent, Faversham)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware that the "job and check" system is still pursued in Sheer-ness Dockyard; that it is viewed with great dislike by the workmen; and whether he will take steps to put an end to it?
§ LORD G. HAMILTON
The job and check system is only in force in Sheer-ness Dockyard in smithery, and has been 1361 in force for more than two years. It was instituted on account of the very unsatisfactory state of this department, in which the cost of production was much too great; and even now it is not so satisfactory as it should be. I cannot undertake to abolish this system.