§ MR. COX (Clare, E.)
asked the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Whether the Irish Government will take into consideration the disadvantages in regard to salary, increment of salary, retiring allowance, dismissal without adequate notice, and the disallowance of the privilege of private practice under which the veterinary surgeons constituting the staff of veterinary portal inspectors in Ireland are placed, as compared with the veterinary surgeons employed by the English Privy Council; and, whether the Irish Government will take any steps to amend the unequal treatment of these public-servants in Ireland and England?
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY (Mr. JOHN MORLEY) (Newcastle-on-Tyne)
The salaries of Veterinary Portal Inspectors in England and Ireland necessarily vary in accordance with the size and business of the ports at which they are engaged. In respect to the other matters mentioned in the Question, I find that the Inspectors in both countries are treated on very similar lines, except that in England somewhat longer notice is given for the termination of an engagement, and there is a limited permission to engage in private practice. I think it is worthy of consideration whether the services in both countries might not be advantageously assimilated in these respects.