HC Deb 06 July 1916 vol 83 c1652

asked whether, in view of the drop in the output of munitions owing to the Easter holidays, an explanation can be furnished for the temporary suspension from Tuesday, 9th May, to Friday, 12th May, of some hundreds of women hands in the new Q.F.C.F. 4 factory at Woolwich Arsenal, notwithstanding that the factory was actually completed and ready for work prior to the Tuesday; and whether the said hands were paid for their attendance on Monday, 8th May, although no work was actually done?


About 250 workpeople were brought in on Monday, 8th May, for preparatory work, with a view to starting output as soon as possible in this new factory. It was found, however, that the presence of contractor's workmen interfered with the carrying out of the danger building precautions, and the workpeople were therefore suspended from midday Tuesday, the 9th, until the following Friday morning. They were, of course, paid for the time of their attendance.