Official: Board of Trade: correspondence.

Reference code: CHAR 11/3

Part of: CHAR 11
Next record: CHAR 11/4
Previous record: CHAR 11/2

Date: 05 Dec 1895 - 29 Oct 1908


Correspondents include: Sir Hubert Llewellyn Smith [Permanent Secretary to the Board of Trade] on subjects including the Lancashire cotton dispute, possible legislation for the sweated trades, the difficulties of using Labour Exchanges as a remedy for unemployment, British interests in Turkey, the Midland Railway Company shedding staff, the Brussels [Belgium] Conference on Maritime Conventions and the development of an Arbitration Court for industrial disputes (6); Sir Arthur Davidson [Assistant Private Secretary to King Edward VII] passing on the King's satisfaction at the settlement of an engineering trades dispute; Arthur Wilson Fox [Comptroller-General of Commercial, Labour and Statistical Departments of the Board of Trade] on the Lancashire cotton dispute (4); Edmund Barnard, Liberal MP for Kidderminster [Worcestershire] and Chairman of the Metropolitan Water Board, presenting a summary of his career while putting himself forward for the panel of the Arbitration Court; Frederick Coutts, Engineer and General Manager of Paisley [Renfrew, Scotland] District Tramways Company on transferring to the railway section of the Territorial Army and using trams for troop transport (4); Reginald Antrobus; Walter Runciman on the sale of woollen goods in Canada; Cornelius Dalton [Comptroller-General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks] on American circumvention of the Evasion of Patents Act, and on the appointment of his successor (2); Willoughby Dickinson [Liberal MP for St Pancras, London] on the Electricity Bills and the London power supply (2); Charles Macara [Chairman of the Committee of the International Federation of Master Cotton Spinners and Manufacturers' Associations and President of the English Federation of Master Cotton Spinners' Associations] on the establishment of the Arbitration Court (3); Ramsay Macdonald on the settlement of a dispute for the Friendly Society of Operative Stone Masons.

Subjects include: Stranraer [Wigtownshire, Scotland] fishermen appealing for the right to fish during the autumn, to set off competition from steam trawlers; bringing the British length of copyright rule up to the international standard of 50 years.

Also includes: notes on the Compulsory and Permissive Clauses of the Trade Boards Bill (particularly the fixing of a minimum wage by the Trade Boards] by Sir Hubert Llewellyn Smith [Permanent Secretary to the Board of Trade]; a Board of Trade memorandum on Labour Exchanges; press cuttings on the Lancashire cotton dispute; letters from 1895 giving opinions on forming an Arbitration Court, from Herbert Asquith [later 1st Lord Oxford and Asquith], William Gladstone, John Morley, Arthur Balfour and a representative of 5th Lord Rosebery [earlier Lord Dalmeny].




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