76. Mr. T. WILSON
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Munitions whether workmen who have been employed in the making of seaplane floats, by Messrs. Rough and Sons, boat builders, Oxford, have a balance of wages due to them; that the firm put up a notice admitting liability, but stating that they are awaiting payment from the Government; and whether he will make inquiries into this matter with a view of these men receiving the money due to them?
§ The PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY to the MINISTRY of MUNITIONS (Mr. James Hope)
I have no information as to the first and second part of the question. Payment to this firm cannot be made until their claim has been investigated and settled. The claim was only submitted on 2722 the 5th instant, and is now under investigation by the Accounts Department. It is not, therefore, the fact that any non-payment of wages is due to delay on the part of the Ministry.