HC Deb 01 June 1891 vol 353 c1373
MR. A. H. DYKE ACLAND (York, W.R., Rotherham)

I wish to ask the Postmaster General whether his attention has been called to page 52 of the last Annual Report of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Factories and Workshops, in which the case was mentioned of a postmaster in a hamlet on the top of the Chilterns, who kept a general shop, and was an employer of labour, as to whom the Inspector said— The men who work for him are obliged to deal with him for everything. Money seldom or ever passes, and the weekly earnings are doled out in the shape of bad bacon, worse cheese, and doubtful groceries. The poor creatures have no choice, 'Take my goods, or go and find work elsewhere;' and whether he will consider the question of continuing in the Public Service a person who is so described?


I have to state that, notwithstanding the strictest inquiry, I have been unable to identify the person to whom the hon. Member refers. No representation has been made to me by the Chief Inspector of Factories on the subject.


Does the right hon. Gentleman refuse to give the name?


I do not propose to give the name at present, but I understand that inquiry is being made in the district into the subject.