§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the Home Office continue to be anxious for legislation on the subject of fines and deductions from wages; and if it is the intention of Her Majesty's Government to introduce a Truck Bill in the present Session?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Sir MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY,) Lancashire, Blackpool
The subject of fines and deductions from wages has been receiving my careful consideration. Certain points of difficulty which arise under the present state of the law were referred to the Law Officers of the Crown, and their opinion, which only reached me yesterday, confirms the view I have already taken that legislation on the subject is desirable. What form that, legislation shall take, and whether I shall be able to introduce it during the present Session, I am unable at present to say.