§ MR. BUTCHER (York)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the Government contract for the painting of the Cavalry Barracks at York has been sub-let; whether the sub-contractor, to whom such contract has been sub-let, is paying his workmen employed in doing the work contracted for by such contract wages which in many cases are considerably below the wages generally accepted as current in the trade for competent workmen; and having regard to the Resolution of this House of the 13th February, 1891, what steps the Govern- 653 ment propose to take in regard to the matter?
§ THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY TO THE WAR OFFICE (Mr. WOODALL,) Hanley
A Report was recently received from the local Trades Union authorities to the effect that some work of this kind was being carried out by a sub-contractor. The General Officer Commanding at York has been directed to inquire into the matter.