HC Deb 15 November 1926 vol 199 cc1538-9
54. Mr. W. THORNE

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Sir Alfred Woodgate, chief commissioner of the West Ham Union, has issued printed forms to the relieving officers in the southern part of the borough which requires the workman to authorise his employers to deduct from his wages any sum advanced to him by the board of guardians on loan, and to accept the receipts of the treasurer of the guardians as part of his wages; whether he is aware that the action of the chief commissioner is a direct violation of the Truck Acts; and whether he will take any action in the matter?


My right hon. Friend's attention has not previously been called to this matter, but he will make inquiries.


May I ask whether the hon. Gentleman will at the same time consult the Law Officers of the Crown in regard to the Acts of 1887 and 1896, and also the Memorandum issued on 31st March, 1898.


No, Sir. I think we had better ascertain the facts first.