HC Deb 29 October 1906 vol 163 c673
MR. BRODIE (Surrey, Reigate)

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether any alterations are contemplated in the rates of payment for piecework at the Government Clothing Factory at Pimlico; and whether, in view of the known desire of the present Government to set an example to the community as model employers of labour, he is in a position to undertake that such alterations will not be reductions.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) Alterations are constantly being made in the rates of pay for the different garments produced at the Royal Army Clothing Factory to ensure that all classes of work are fairly remunerated. I cannot, therefore, undertake that no reduction shall be made; but, as I said in answer to a Question last Thursday, † notice of any alteration of rates will be given, and full opportunity afforded to the workers to interview the representatives of the Government on the matter should they so desire.

† See Cols. 406, 407.