HC Deb 09 February 1893 vol 8 cc869-70
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if the recent interview between a joint deputation, representing the Typographical Society and the Trades Connell of Dublin and the Chief Secretary for Ireland has been brought under the notice of the Treasury; whether he is aware that at the Queen's Printing Office in Dublin, and its auxiliary house, there are employed 126 men, 67 apprentices, and 21 unskilled workers; and will the Treasury undertake to see that the Resolution of this House of 13th February 1891 will be carried out in Ireland, in respect to Government contract work?

MR. M. AUSTIN (Limerick, W.)

Before the right hon. Gentleman answers the question, may I ask whether the facts disclosed before the Sweating Committee as to juvenile labour did not lead to the passing or the Resolution by this House as to Government contracts?


I have no knowledge of the matters contained in the first two paragraphs. Steps have already been taken to secure compliance with the terms of the Resolution of 13th February, 1891, as the hon. Member will see by reference to Parliamentary Paper No. 189 of 1892; hut I must point out that that Resolution makes no reference to the proportion of different kinds of labour to be employed.


Has the right hon. Gentleman received any communication front the Irish Office with regard to the deputation referred to?


I am not aware that any lies been received, hut I will inquire.

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