HC Deb 23 February 1912 vol 34 cc963-4W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether the firm who recently were found to have underpaid their workmen in carrying out a painting contract at Hulme Barracks, South-West Manchester, have been awarded any contract or contracts since the investigation referred to; and whether they are still upon the list of contractors to the War Office or any other Department of His Majesty's Government?

Colonel SEELY

The firm in question made good the under-payments which were found to have occurred, except in the case of three men who could not be traced. They also gave an undertaking that the terms of the Fair Wages Resolution should be most strictly complied with in future. In these circumstances it was not thought necessary to take the extreme step of removing them from the list of contractors on the present occasion, but they were warned that any failure to comply with the undertaking given would result in their removal from the list. They have recently carried out two other contracts under close supervision in regard to the observance of the Fair-Wages Clause.