§ SIR CHARLES DILKE (Gloucester, Forest of Dean)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury what has been the result of the Inquiry promised by him in the Debate of the 7th August to be undertaken by the Labour Department of the Board of Trade into the current rate of wages in the Woolwich district?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Mr. A. J. BALFOUR,) Manchester, E.
The pledge I gave on August 7th was that the Government would employ all official means at their command to ascertain the rate of wages current in the district for labour such as that employed by the State. I understand the War Office and the Board of Trade have been in communication on the subject, and any assistance the Board of Trade can give has been offered and will be given.
§ SIR C. DILKE
inquired if any statement was likely to be made on the subject, or would it be left to the Estimates?
§ THE FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY
I think it will be left to the Estimates, but I will communicate with my right hon. Friends.