§ 99. Mr. GEORGE ROBERTS
asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether the firm of Macmillan and Company have a contract under the Director of Public Instruction, India; whether he has received a complaint that books supplied by the firm are bound by another firm, Messrs. Burn and Company, under conditions that do not apply with the Fair-Wages Clause; whether he is aware that Messrs. Burn and Company are not observing the working agreement prevailing in the trade and refuse to employ trade unionists; whether he will have inquiries made into the matter; and, in the event of Messrs. Burn and Company being subject to the Fair-Wages Clause, if he will take steps to have the Clause enforced?
§ The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. C. Roberts)
The Secretary of State has ascertained that the books supplied by the firm of Macmillan and Company to the Director of Public Instruction, Bombay, are not bound by Messrs. Burn and Company. The books in question are printed and bound in India, with the exception of one book which is printed and bound in Edinburgh under fair-wages terms. In these circumstances the question of the conditions of employment in Messrs. Burn and Company's shops does not arise.