§ Mr. CROOKS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been called to the fact that, notwithstanding Lord Brassey's award, given 20 years ago, that 12 hours a day should constitute a day's work for lightermen on the River Thames, some masters were now endeavouring to enforce a 14-hour day upon their apprentices; and will he take steps under the Arbitration Act to terminate this trade dispute?
§ Mr. H. J. TENNANT
As the hon. Member is aware, the good offices of the Board of Trade are always at the service of the parties to trade disputes if they desire to avail themselves of them. In this particular case I will make inquiries an I consider if any action is desirable.