§ MR. WATT (Glasgow, Camlachie)
asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether it is proposed to increase the official hours of the Glasgow officers of Customs to 12 hours per day—namely, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the year, without any time allowance for meals or additional remuneration; and, whether in any other branch of the Civil Service the officials are compelled to work an average of 12 hours per day throughout the year; and, if not, whether he will consider if some other arrangement can be made, so as to meet the requirements of shipowners by extending the hours during which goods may be landed or shipped without unduly extending the hours of labour of the officers of Customs?
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER (Mr. GOSCHEN) (St. George's, Hanover Square)
No, Sir; certainly not. There are no such proposals. Every care will be taken that any arrangement for the extension of hours during which goods may be landed or shipped shall not be accompanied by an extension of the average number of hours of labour of officers of Customs?