HC Deb 22 April 1913 vol 52 c238

asked whether the West Ham Board of Guardians had seven men locked up on Wednesday, 16th April, for refusing to work; whether every gate and door in the able-bodied men's place and in the labour yard was locked on them and that their belts, pipes, tobacco, and other belongings were taken away from them by the labour master; and whether the President of the Local Government Board will state whether it is the rule in all workhouses for men to be treated in that way; and if he intends taking any action in the matter?


The seven men referred to were given into custody on the 16th April and were convicted of refusing to perform their work. I am informed that the only door locked was one leading to a roadway which gives access to the female side of the workhouse. Articles of clothing were taken from the men on their admission in pursuance of the regulations, and the pipes and tobacco in accordance with a resolution of the guardians prohibiting smoking in particular parts of the workhouse. Their property would, of course, have been returned on their discharge. I see no reason for my intervention.