§ MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that labouring men have been employed at painting work at Newry Bridewell, under the General Prisons Board, and at the Viceregal Lodge, Dublin, under the Board of Works; that remonstrances have been directed to both of these public departments on behalf of the regular painters, employers and employed, of the districts mentioned, claiming that the work done 1105 by these labouring men belongs to the painting trade; and, if so, whether, seeing that, the Commissioners of Public Works in Ireland define painting work contrary to expert judgment, and in view of the replies received from the departments concerned, he will represent to, the General Prisons Board and the Board of Works the desirability of securing competent workmen to perform tradesmen's work in this trade in accordance with the terms of the Fair Wages Resolution.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. WYNDHAM, Dover)
Complaints were made to the Prisons Board respecting the manner of the performance of the contract for work at Newry Bridewell. The matter engaged the attention of the Board, and instructions were issued with a view to avoid the recurrence of similar complaints. The remainder of the Question concerns the Board of Works, and I would ask the hon. Member to be good enough to address his inquiries to my hon. friend the Financial Secretary to the Treasury.