HC Deb 17 May 1911 vol 25 cc2010-1

asked the Postmaster-General whether he was aware that the workers' side was dissatisfied with the decision come to regarding the complaint made against the Peel-Connor Company of a violation of the Fair-Wages Clause; whether he was also aware that in the course of the inquiry the men's representatives were not approached or consulted in any way; and whether, under the circumstances, he would receive a small deputation from the union on the subject?

Captain NORTON

The Postmaster-General is aware that one of the trade societies is dissatisfied with the decision; but the hon. Member is under a misapprehension in thinking that the men's representatives were not consulted. Two investigating officers were sent to Manchester and made a full inquiry into the matter; they discussed it with the representatives chosen by the Labour Council in all its bearings at an interview lasting for more than two hours; and in view of that discussion and of the exhaustive inquiry which has been made at the company's factory, I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by receiving a deputation on the subject.