72. Mr. TYSON WILSON
asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that the officers commanding the Royal Engineers and Army Ordnance Corps at Colchester Barracks are refusing to pay the civilian workmen employed by them an increase of wage that has been agreed to by the employers and workmen at Colchester, although the increase has the approval of the Ministry of Labour; and whether he will issue instructions to all commanding officers employing civilian labour on War Office work that any increase of wages granted to workmen in their district doing similar work must be paid to the workmen employed by them?
§ Mr. FORSTER
The increase referred to has not yet been approved by the Ministry of Labour, and I understand that that Department is in correspondence with the local Master Builders' Association on the subject. As soon as the position is clear, any necessary instructions will be issued.