§ Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the employés of Messrs. Serpell and Company, biscuit makers, of Reading, who are Government contractors, have been out on strike for the past ten days because they refuse to advance the wages acceptable to their wage earners; if he is aware that the firm pay low wages, in some cases not more than 18s. per week to married men 2107W and between 9s. and 13s. to the girls and women workers; and if he intends taking any action in the matter?
§ Mr. FORSTER
No complaint of the nature referred to has been received; inquiry is being made into the matter.