§ Mr. ROWLANDS
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether his attention has been called to an alteration in the hours of labour worked by the stokers in the Darenth Asylum under the Metropolitan Asylums Board; whether the eight hours a day system which has obtained for twelve years has been abolished, and at the present time the men are called upon to work in 12-hour shifts, making an average of seventy-eight hours a week; and, if so, whether he will recommend the withdrawal of the regulations and the return to the old conditions?
§ Mr. BURNS
I learn that there has recently been a change made in the arrangement of working hours of stokers under the Metropolitan Asylums Board. There seems to be some doubt as to the correct interpretation of the resolution of the managers on the subject, and I am in communication with them about it.