§ MR. J. R. KELLY (Camberwell, N.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether any Memorial has been recently received by the Treasury from the messengers at the Custom House praying for the redress of certain grievances; and whether, if so, he will state when a reply to it may be expected; whether the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Customs have recently decided to fill only each alternate vacancy to the first-class messenger ships, and whether he will state the reason for which two vacancies in such class have remained unfilled; and whether, in view of the fact that the whole of the second-class messengers entered the service under the conditions set forth in the Treasury Minute of 1st April, 1873, giving them the right of rising to the maximum of £90 per annum, he will take the necessary steps for the carrying out of such Treasury Minute?
§ MR. JACKSON
A Memorial from the Customs Messengers was received on the 16th inst., and is now under the consideration of the Treasury. It will 506 be answered in due course; but, pending the answer, I am not in a position to answer other questions.