HC Deb 22 March 1907 vol 171 c1303

To ask the Secretary of State for War whether any contract or sub-contract for military harness or accoutrements has been placed with Messrs. Jenkins on and Company, of London Wall and White Street, E.C.; and whether, if a contract or sub-contract has been placed with this firm, the clause prescribed by the Secretary of State under the Factory and Workshops Act, 1901, requiring that every person paid by the piece must have supplied to him with his work such particulars to enable him to compute the amount of his wages, has been insisted on.

(Answered by Mr. Secretary Haldane.) The reply to the first part of the Question is in the affirmative. As regards the rest of the Question, in accordance with the conditions of contract, a record of the work done and the wages earned by each worker has to be kept for my information, and I have ascertained that such a record has been duly kept. Each sewer is also supplied with a paper on which is entered from day to day the work he has completed. There is doubt whether the Factory and Workshops Act, 1901, applies to this trade, but the point is for the decision of the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

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