HC Deb 26 February 1907 vol 169 cc1440-1

I beg to ask Mr. Attorney-General if his attention has been called to the action of Mr. Edwin Woodhouse, managing director of the firm of E. Woodhouse and Company, Limited, manufacturers, a Justice of the Peace and Deputy-Lieutenant in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in discharging one of his employees for offering himself as a candidates at the Farsley district council election, notwithstanding the fact that the employee in question has previously served on the said council without breaking any of his working time for the performance of his public duties; and whether he will take steps to put an end to the practice of employers who arrogate to themselves the right of determining what use their employees shall make of their time after working hours.


It is not alleged, I understand, that any breach of the law has been committed. The subject, therefore, will not go before the Director of Public Prosecutions. I see great difficulty in bringing in legislation on the lines suggested. I trust the Question will serve to draw attention to the fact.