§ Viscount WOLMER
asked what steps are taken to ensure that the fair-wage clause is adhered to in the case of printers doing contract work for Government Departments where the present employés have replaced others who went out on strike; and whether any complaints have been received that, in the case of any such printing establishment, wages less than the current trade union rates are being paid to the present employés?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
Immediate inquiry is made by the Stationery Office into any complaint concerning the application of the fair wages clause in connection with any of its contracts. Allegations relating to a few cases have been made against contractors doing printing or binding of work being executed by persons at less than the current rates of wages, and these have been made the subject of investigation by the Stationery Office, followed, where necessary, by action.