HC Deb 05 November 1902 vol 114 c139
CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that workmen are employed by a contractor covering up steam pipes with patent covering in the Danger Buildings, Royal Laboratory, Woolwich Arsenal, at a rate of wages of 5½d. per hour, which is below the current rate of wages in the locality for similar work; and whether he will insist upon the contractor paying the current rate.


The firm who are engaged on the work state that they are paying 5½d. and upwards for pipe covering, and inquiry will be made as to whether this rate is below the current rate of the district.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the outside rate for general labour is 6d. and 6½.d. per hour, according to the character of the work?


No, Sir, but I have said I will inquire.