HC Deb 15 July 1912 vol 41 c54W

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that Mr. Wigginton, the contractor for painting the line of forts surrounding Portsmouth, has sub-let his contract to an employer of the name of Fry; whether he is aware that Fry has again sub-let the contract to his employés, who work on piece rates, which is a violation of the district conditions for painters; whether he is aware that the wages earned by these men are so low that some have left, one man actually working for five days for 8s. 9½d.; whether he is aware that the sub-contractor has recently been called to account for violating the Fair-Wages Clause in a Portsmouth municipal contract; and what action he intends taking in the matter?

Colonel SEELY

No complaint has been received, but the matter will be inquired into.