HC Deb 26 August 1880 vol 256 cc103-4

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, If his attention has been called to a leading article in the "Civil Service Gazette," for April 25th, relating to the dismissal of Mr. James Walsh, an officer of Excise; and if it is true, as therein stated, that the inquiry asked for by that officer has been refused him; if it is usual when officers of Excise deny, or offer such explanations as to modify the charges made against them, to dismiss such officers without an independent inquiry by superior and disinterested officials; and, if such an independent inquiry was not held in Mr. Walsh's case, whether he will now grant facilities for holding it?


I have not seen the article in The Civil Service Gazette; but I have ascertained the facts of the case to which the hon. and learned Member alludes. I find that Mr. Walsh was dismissed in 1878 after several serious offences. His case was fully investigated by his immediate superior officers, and his explanations twice considered by the Board of Inland Revenue. It was also reported to the Treasury, and there appears to be no ground for any further inquiry into the case.