HC Deb 20 February 1908 vol 184 c1035

I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will obtain from His Majesty's consuls in Norway particulars of the wages paid to, and the hours worked by, the workmen engaged in the quarries of granite in Norway which supply the granite used in the Government dockyards.


I will endeavour to obtain information with regard to wages and hours worked in granite quarries in Norway.


Is the hon. Gentleman aware that Irish workmen are particularly interested in this matter, seeing that Norwegian granite is being-used for the extension works at Haul-bowline.

MR. AUSTIN TAYLOR (Liverpool, East Toxteth)

Will the hon. Gentleman include in his inquiry on the question of the rate of wages paid in Norwegian quarries, whether a living wage can be secured for the men employed on the steamers which bring over the granite. Is he aware that the Birmingham Corporation are using this granite instead of English in consequence of its cheapness?

[No Answer was returned.]