asked the Postmaster General, as he is unable to lay the Papers upon the Table, If he will state to the House what is the substance of the Report he has received on the Savings Bank Department; what steps he proposes to take in consequence of that Report; and, whether, the suspension of promotion inflicted by him as a punishment on the Department has been removed?
§ LORD JOHN MANNERS
, in reply, said, that the substance of the Report of the Committee on this subject was contained in 101 paragraphs, extending over 12 closely-printed pages, and therefore it would be impossible, in answer to a Question, to give the substance of that Report to the House. One of the principle recommendations was, that an inquiry should be made into the practicability of simplifying the transaction of business in the Department, with a view to preventing the large additional cost with respect to the staff now thought necessary. That inquiry was now in progress, and other recommendations of the Committee were also under consideration. The Report was presented on the 18th of March, and on the following day the suspension of promotion was removed.