§ Mr. WOODS
I beg to ask the Secretary of state for the Home Department, if his attention has been called to the case of a servant girl, named Roberts, who brought a case into the Marylebone County Court, on 3rd March 1897, for the recovery of £1 8s 4d., being one month's wages due to her from her employer; whether he is aware that this servant gave the customary notice at the end of the month; that the employer refused to pay her wages for the month worked; and that Judge stonor, who tried the case, gave a verdict to the employer with costs; and whether, seeing that this decision is in direct opposition to domestic servants, he can take any course of action that will give greater authority to the custom now recognised?
§ SIR MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY
I have seen a newspaper report of the case, but I am unable to say whether the 1564 facts are correctly stated in the Question. My jurisdiction does not extend to civil cases, and I have no power to take the action which I understand the hon. Member to suggest.