HC Deb 01 March 1909 vol 1 cc1228-9W

asked the Lord Advocate whether he is aware that several inmates of Greenock Poorhouse are employed at basket-making and wood-carving, the materials for which are supplied by the Brabazon Society, and that the finished articles are handed over free of charge to the members of that society, who sell them in the open market; and whether he will take such steps as shall, in future, prevent pauper labour entering into competition with that of ratepayers?


It is the fact that certain benevolent ladies are in the habit of instructing the inmates in sick wards of Greenock Poorhouse in basket-making, wood-carving and such work, and thereby trying to relieve the monotony of poorhouse life. It is not the case, according to my information, that the completed articles are sold in the open market.