§ Mr. WILLIAM THORNE
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that Messrs. Houghton and Company, Walthamstow, are contractors to various Government Departments, and that the firm in question are violating the Fair Wages Clause Resolution of the House of Commons in regard to wages and overtime rates; and if he is prepared to have a Committee of Inquiry into the matter?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
If the hon. Member will furnish me with particulars of the alleged violation of the Resolution, I will communicate with the Department or Departments to whom Messrs. Houghton are contractors, and inquiry will no doubt be 601 made. I see no necessity for a special Committee of Inquiry, as the existing machinery for investigating such complaints appears to be sufficient.