§ Mr. JAMES THOMAS
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether he is aware that the Liverpool Overhead Railway Company are fining their employés amounts ranging from 6d. to 2s. 6d. in consequence of the men refusing to come on duty with insufficient rest, in some cases the men being called on duty after five hours' rest and after a turn of duty of thirteen hours and fined for their refusal to comply with such inhuman conditions; and whether he will take steps to remedy this state of things in the interests of both the men and the travelling public.
My attention has not previously been called to this matter, but if my hon. Friend will furnish me with instances showing the excessive periods of duty and insufficient intervals of rest of which complaint is made, and the grades of men concerned, I will inquire into these matters.