§ MR. MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that under paragraph 3 of the regulations issued by the Civil Service Commission on 1st June, 1881, the list of persons eligible for occasional employment as messengers, porters, &c., in Government Departments is limited to persons who have served in the Army, Navy, Royal Irish Constabulary, or London Metropolitan Police, and therefore an ex-Station Sergeant of the Dublin Metropolitan Police having a pension for life, on making application for such employment, was informed by the Secretary of the Civil Service Commission that he was ineligible for registration as a temporary messenger; and whether he will take such steps as will rectify this omission, and in this respect place the Dublin Metropolitan Police on terms of equality with the London Metropolitan Police?
§ MR. A. J. BALFOUR
The omission of Dublin Metropolitan Police Pensioners from the classes of persons eligible, under certain conditions, to be placed upon the list of temporary men messengers appears to have arisen through inadvertence, and will be rectified. I may, however, add that it seems that demands for such occasional assistance in Dublin are rare, the total for the past three years numbering six only.