§ * MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War, whether he has yet received an answer to his inquiry as to whether the contractor for painting work at Portobello and Ship Street Barracks, Dublin, was paying the painters at this work the standard rate of 8d. per hour, which is the standard rate of wages recognised by the Master Painters Guild of the City of Dublin, and also that recognised by the Dublin Corporation. and was also laid down by the War Office, in reply to a letter to the hon. Member of St. Patrick's Division of Dublin of the 8th October, 1900, as the current rate for painters in such district.
Yes, Sir, it is reported that there is at present no painting at Ship Street Barracks, and that at Portobello Barracks the Painters are receiving 7½d. an hour, which is the maximum rate paid by the Association o Master Builders in Dublin.
§ * MR. NANNETTI
Is the noble Lord aware that a letter sent to the hon. Member for the St. Patrick Division from the War Office stated that the rate of the wages was to be 8d. per hour? I will send him a copy of the letter.