§ MR. LALOR
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Whether, in the event of the contemplated changes in the Warehousing Departments of the Customs leading to the displacement of any of the Upper Division or Redundant Clerks, the Government will make every effort to provide them with suitable clerical situations, either in the proposed Department of Agriculture and Commerce, should it be formed, or in other branches of the Public Service; and, whether the Government will ask Parliament for power to grant to those clerks who may have to retire similar terms of retirement to those recently granted to the clerks of the Admiralty and War Office?
§ LORD FREDERICK CAVENDISH
Sir, in the event of the contemplated changes in the Warehousing Departments of the Customs leading to the displacement of any of the clerks, the Treasury would much prefer providing for such clerks by transfer rather than by pension on retirement. The Superannuation Act provides for the case of clerks compulsorily retired; and there is, consequently, no intention of applying to Parliament for additional power.