§ MR. O'BEIRNE
said, he would beg to ask Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether any application has been made by the Secretary of State for War to the Lords of the Treasury, founded on a memorial from the permanent staff of the War Office, and recommended by the heads of departments and the Under Secretaries of State, for the payment of the salaries monthly instead of quarterly in the War Department; and, if such an application has been made, whether he intends to give orders that it shall be complied with?
§ MR. HUNT
said, in reply, that such an application had been made by the War Office tins year. Applications had also been made in previous years to a similar effect. But as it would be impossible to give that privilege to the War Office without extending it to the other branches of the Civil Service, which would involve an increase in the establishment of the Pay Office, the applications had been refused. At the same time, he might state that the clerks in the War Office whose salary was under £100 per annum were enabled to draw their pay half-quarterly.