HC Deb 22 July 1897 vol 51 c730
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

, who had given private notice of the Question, asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether it had been brought to his notice that the firms of Messrs. Thornycroft, Penns, and Earles had approached the Government with reference to the finding of artificers or engineers for trial trips at Chatham and Devonport; and whether he would consider the advisability of declining to meet their wishes, on the ground that the Government would not be justified in practically ranging themselves on the side of the employers—[cries of "Order"]—at a time when a conflict of the first importance was taking place between employers and employed in the engineering trade. [Cries of "Order."]


That is a Question of which Notice ought to be given.