HC Deb 24 June 1903 vol 124 c384

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether he will refer to the Committee of Inquiry into the explosion at Woolwich Arsenal, now being held at Woolwich on behalf of his Department, the question whether the system of payment partly by piece work and partly by day work rate is a source of danger, owing to the desire to obtain extra pay over the day rate of wages; and whether it would be advantageous to the service and to the safety of all employees within the danger zone to fix such a rate of wages as to obviate the necessity of men working at the present high tension.


This Committee has been appointed to investigate the circumstances of the explosion and has not been asked to consider general questions of this nature. The question of amending the present method of payment will be carefully considered.