HC Deb 23 July 1878 vol 242 c42

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, Whether, under the circumstances of the important duties often confided to writers in the public service and of the very low scale of the remuneration now afforded them, Her Majesty's Government will consider some scheme for the amelioration of their conditions of service?


Sir, the regulations under which copyists take service provide against their being employed upon any work except mere copying, or routine work under direct supervision, which preclude copyists from being employed on confidential work. This is the rule which the Treasury—so far as in their power—have endeavoured to enforce throughout the Public Service; and there being no intention, on their part, to depart from that rule, the question of ameliorating the conditions of service does not arise.