HC Deb 23 July 1902 vol 111 cc1020-1

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade whether it is a fact that the Irish Lights Board in their new rules contemplate the employment of handy men to do tradesmen's work; and whether he is aware that a notice has been issued stating that light keepers doing regular skilled artisans work will be allowed sixpence per hour of I actual work, provided that they have obtained a written order from the engineer to do the work; that other keepers assisting as helpers will be allowed fourpence per hour when such help is really necessary; and will he say whether such an order is in accordance with the Fair Wages Resolution of this House.


I hear I from the Commissioners of Irish Lights that the statement in the hon. Member's Question is correct. They inform me that it is intended to employ lightkeepers to do small jobs in their own time, where travelling expenses incurred by sending j tradesmen would be out of proportion to the actual value of the work to be done. It does not seem to me that the Fair Wages Resolution of this House was intended to apply to an arrangement of this description.


Is it intended to extend this system to shore jobs?


I must ask for notice of that Question.