§ Mr. JAMES THOMAS
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that workmen leaving the employment of the North British Railway Company experience considerable delay in obtaining their insurance cards from the company, thereby making it difficult for them to obtain other employment; whether he is aware that one of the most recent cases is that of John M'Intosh, who left the service of the company on the 9th inst. after serving a month's notice; and whether he will make representations to the company on the matter?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
I understand that in the particular case in question the card was handed to the man on the 13th inst. I am informed that the delay in this case was quite exceptional and due partly to the fact that the man stated that he did not want the card immediately. The Commissioners are making representations to the railway company suggesting that arrangements should be made to have cards ready to be handed to those workmen who-have been on notice to leave as soon as their employment terminates.