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The Committee rightly denounced more relief works as demoralizing. Work

must be found in other ways, especi- ally for the skilled workmen. The working day must be re- stricted to eight hours, so that more persons might be employed. Overtime must be forbidden. Wages must not be reduced. The supply of juvenile labour must be cut down by the strict enforcement of the Education Acts for children up to the age of fourteen. The committee attempted to justify the Labour Party's refusal to co-operate in a Government Committee of Inquiry on the ground that it did not trust the Government and would not again be used as a " smoke-screen." The com- mittee, being entirely irresponsible, did not attempt to examine the financial or moral bearings of its policy. We comment on the report elsewhere.