§ MR. HAYDEN (Leitrim, S.)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether, during the past 12 months, the Commissioners of Inland Revenue have punished, by removal, an officer of Inland Revenue, although he had not neglected his official duties, nor broken any Departmental Regulation; whether such officer was granted any inquiry or explanation as to the grounds upon which he was removed; and, whether this is in accordance with the practice of the Commissioners?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
It is the fact that an officer of the Inland Revenue Service has been removed from one locality to another; but the removal was not a punishment, inasmuch as the officer was sent to a post quite as good as that from which he was taken. No explanation of the reasons for his removal was given. I must uphold the right of the Government to move officers of the Revenue Service from one place to another without reason assigned, provided such removal does not entail any loss either of 492 present pay or future prospects. No such loss was involved in the present case.