§ MR. M'LAREN (for Mr. COWAN)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether the Order in Council of 12th February, Clause 12, applies to the writers at the Customs Out-Ports; and if not, whether its provisions are to be eventually applied to them?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
in reply, said, that the Order in Council referred to in the Question, was not applicable to the writers at the Customs out-ports, the reason being that that Order was confined to those classes of the Civil Service referred to in the 1st and 2nd Reports of the Commission of Inquiry. The 3rd Report of the Civil Service Commissioners related to the out-port officers of the Customs and other Departments, and the writers were included in that Report. The Treasury were at present in communication with the Commissioners of Customs in regard 964 to the position of the out-port officers, and if it were found that the circumstances of the writers at the out-ports were sufficiently similar to those of the persons to whom the present Order related to make it right to extend it to them, it would be so applied.