HC Deb 03 July 1911 vol 27 c810

asked the Under-Secretary for War whether workmen employed as temporary carpenters in the Ordnance Factory, at Weedon, have had their wages stopped both on the occasions of His Majesty's Coronation and His Majesty's birthday, while the regular hands have received their wages on both these days; and whether, while the regular hands were given three days' holiday at Easter and one day at Whitsuntide, with pay on both occasions, temporary carpenters employed in the same factory have not. received either of these holidays with pay; and whether he can say if there is any reason, why all employés in the Ordnance Factory, permanent or temporary, should not receive the same treatment as to holidays with pay?

Colonel SEELY

Eight temporary carpenters employed at the Army Ordnance Depot at Weedon did not receive pay for the holidays mentioned. They were not entitled under the regulations to any holiday pay, as their employment had not been continuous for at least six months. There appears to be no reason to alter this general rule, but as regards the occasion of His Majesty's Coronation, I am giving instructions that these and any other temporary workmen who did not receive their wages, should now be paid for that day, irrespective of the length of their employment.