HC Deb 12 July 1915 vol 73 cc658-9W

asked the Financial Secretary to the War Office if he is aware that the firm of Messrs. Wheaters that is carrying out work at the military camp, Richmond, Yorkshire, are doing the joiners' work on a piece or bonus system, with the result that the work is badly done; that other workmen have had to do-some of the work over again; and that workmen who have refused to work on this system have been discharged; and whether he will cancel the contract held by Messrs. Wheater and strike the firm off the list of those invited to tender for War Office work?


I am afraid the hon. Member has been misinformed. No joinery work is being done by piecework. The men are paid standard wages and in certain cases receive a bonus in addition for special work No joinery work has been condemned for bad workmanship or had to be replaced, or have any workmen refused to carry out work so far as I am aware. None have been discharged.