§ MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)
To ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that a clothing contract is under consideration by the Board of Works for some time past; whether he will make inquiry and take precautions so as to prevent this contract being given to any firm which does not carry out the Fair Wages Resolution, but mainly employs women in contravention thereto; and whether he will arrange that this contract will be carried out by men and not by factory labour.
(Answered by Mr. McKenna.) A small contract for clothing for about a score of park constables, gatekeepers, &c., is under consideration, and full inquiry is being made, and precautions will be taken to secure that the contract shall only be given to a firm which carries out the Fair Wages Resolution.
§ †See (4) Debates, clvii., 1563.