§ 80. Mr. ROWLANDS
asked whether Messrs. Gunning and Sons have twelve soldiers working for them on Vickers' Extension at Crayford; whether within the last three weeks they have discharged eleven civilian carpenters; and have any of the other building firms engaged on these works any soldiers in their employ?
§ Mr. FORSTER
I am informed that in the course of the last three weeks Messrs. Gunning and Sons have discharged eleven civilian carpenters on the ground of incompetence. I hear to-day that the Royal Engineers who were sent to work on these factories have been ordered to return to Ireland for military duty. I am 1178 not sure whether the soldiers referred to by my hon. Friend were Royal Engineers or soldiers released from military duty, but I am making further inquiries on the subject.
§ Mr. ROWLANDS
I hope my hon. Friend will see whether there is not labour there which can be employed on these works.