HC Deb 29 March 1911 vol 23 cc1484-5W

asked the Lord Advocate whether he is aware of the practice of many owners of collieries and brickworks in Scotland of deducting sums from their workmen's wages for medical service, notwithstanding the fact that such workmen belong to friendly societies and have their own medical men; and, if so, whether he will introduce legislation on the subject?


I am aware that the practice mentioned exists in some parts of Scotland as well as in other parts of the United Kingdom, but I do not know to what extent it affects workmen who are members of friendly societies. Such arrangements are authorised by Section 23 of the Truck Act of 1831, but it is expressly stipulated that there shall be an agreement in writing signed by the workman. Evidence on the subject was taken by the Truck Committee, and the recommendations of the Committee in this matter will be considered when the Amendment of the Truck Acts is taken in hand.