HC Deb 05 April 1894 vol 22 cc1450-1

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been directed to the fact that soldiers are being employed by a contractor at daily wages unloading coals at Spike Island, County Cork, thus depriving the Queenstown coalporters of work; and whether, in the interest of free labour, he will take immediate steps to put a stop to this practice?


I have caused inquiries to be addressed to the General Officer commanding in Cork, but have not yet received a definite reply. Meanwhile, any help the soldiers were giving has ceased.