HC Deb 07 May 1912 vol 38 cc355-6W

asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if his attention has been directed to the strike at Messrs. R. MacLeren's works at Port Eglinton, Glasgow; is he aware that labourers at the works in question are being paid at the rate of 17s. per week on Government Admiralty work; and will he take steps to see that the spirit as well as the letter of the Fair-Wages Clause of this House is duly observed by the firm in question?


I have received no information regarding the matter alluded to, but a report is being called for.


asked the First Lord of the Admiralty whether he is aware of the fact that the Crown Preserved Coal Company, of Cardiff and Port Talbot, refuses to grant conditions of employment and to pay wages representing the average for the Bristol Channel; if so, in view of the fact that this firm are contractors to the Admiralty, will steps be taken insisting on them observing the terms of the Fair-Wages Clause in present and future contracts, as is the practice of other firms along the Bristol Channel?


A statement to that effect has been made to the Admiralty. The firm do not hold any Admiralty contract at present. Should they secure one at any future time, they will of course be responsible for the fulfilment of the Fair-Wages Clause.