HC Deb 18 June 1888 vol 327 cc452-3
MR. J. ROWLANDS (Finsbury, E.)

asked the First Lord of the Treasury, Whether the Treasury have taken any steps towards generally carrying into effect the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Civil Establishments as regards the placing of the establishments on a seven-hour scale of service; and, whether any Department has recently applied for a large increase of staff; and, if so, whether the Treasury will place the Lower Division clerks in that Department on the seven-hour scale, and thus carry out their intention, as expressed in Parliamentary Paper No, 227 (1884)—namely, That this change it is the intention of my Lords to encourage wherever the increase of work justifies it, or an equivalent reduction can be made in the numbers employed?

THE FIRST LORD (Mr. W. H. SMITH) (Strand, Westminster)

The question as to the establishment of the seven hour scale of service in the Civil Establishments is one that has not been lost sight of by the Treasury, and considerable progress has been made in that direction, and will continue to be made when circumstances will permit. When any large increase of staff is applied for by a Department, the Treasury carefully bear in mind the seven-hour system of employment.