HC Deb 08 May 1912 vol 38 cc536-7W

asked the Undersecretary of State for War if he is aware that the Chelsea Hospital authorities have allowed the use of a portion of the hospital grounds to the Royal Horticultural Society for a horticultural show; that the work of preparing the ground for this show has been let to Messrs. Piggott and Company; and that this firm are paying less wages than the trade union rate, and are employing labourers to work on Sundays at 5d. per hour when the regular day rate is 7d. per hour, and for Sunday work should be double time; and, in con- sequence of this, will he at once take the necessary steps to enforce the Fair Wages Clause?

Colonel SEELY

I understand that the Commissioners of Chelsea Hospital have no actual control over the contract referred to, but inquiries shall be made as to the statements contained in the question.