HC Deb 28 April 1915 vol 71 c713
32. Mr. O'GRADY

asked the Financial Secrtary to the War Office whether the firm of Messrs. Walker, Parker and Company, Limited, lead manufacturers, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, Chester, and Bagillt, North Wales, have at present any contracts in hand for the War Office; if so, whether he is aware that the firm in question refuses to recognise the unskilled labour trade unions and refuse to see deputations from these unions who seek to represent their members in the employ of the firm on wages questions; and whether, in view of the recent agreement arrived at between the unions and the Government at the Treasury, steps will be taken to bring this firm in line with those now engaged on the production of munitions of war?


I am informed that this firm is doing Government work under subcontracts. Any dispute affecting such work would properly be dealt with under the arrangements made at the Treasury conference to which my hon. Friend refers.