§ Mr. HODGE
asked the hon. Member for St. George's-in-the-East, as representing the First Commissioner of Works, whether he is aware that the men employed in collecting the fees for the use of chairs in the Royal parks are employed seven days a week for the greater part of the year at a wage of 4s. a day, and that their working hours are seventy-three and a half per week, exclusive of meal times; and whether, when entering into new contracts, consideration will be given to the case of these men and an endeavour made to secure more reasonable hours and an increase of pay?
§ Mr. WEDGWOOD BENN
The First, Commissioner is much obliged to my hon. Friend for calling his attention to the conditions of employment among the men engaged by the licence holder. The First Commissioner is making inquiries into the whole question.