§ MR. BRUNNER (Cheshire, Northwich)
I hog to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the now contract with Messrs. Do la Rue for the supply of adhesive stamps, postcards, newspaper wrappers, and envelopes has yet been completed; and, if so, whether he has any objection to lay a Copy of the same upon the Table of the House; and, whether it is a fact that the post of engraver to the Board of Inland Revenue is now vacant; and, if so, whether, in view of the evidence given before the Select Committee on Revenue Estimates last year, it is intended to make any new appointment to that office?
§ A LORD OF THE TREASURY (Sir H. MAXWELL,) Wigton
The terms of the new contract with Messrs. De La Rue have been practically settled with the exception of some matters of detail which are now under the consideration of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue, the Postmaster General, and the Treasury. The Commissioners of Inland Revenue recently reported a vacancy in the office of engraver owing to the lamented death of the late eminent holder of that office, and the matter is now receiving the consideration of the Treasury.
§ MR. BRUNNER
The question of policy to which my question is directed is whether it is intended to make any new appointment?
§ SIR H. MAXWELL
The subject is under the consideration of the Treasury, but no decision has yet been come to.