HC Deb 09 May 1890 vol 344 cc570-1
MR. HAYDEN (Leitrim, S.)

I beg to ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the number of officers of the outdoor branch of the Inland Revenue Department censured, reduced, and dismissed during the past three years; and what is the number so censured, reduced, and dismissed in what is called the indoor branch of the same Department during the same period?


Comparisons are proverbially odious. I do not see any advantage in a public statement of censure inflicted on two great Departments, both of which, as a rule, perform their functions well. Nor could any comparison be fair looking to the different circumstances and size of the two branches in question.


May I ask whether any Circular has been recently issued in connection with this or the Customs Department asking to be supplied with a Return of the nationality of the persons employed; and, if so, what is the object?


I am not aware of the fact; but if it is desired I will obtain the information. It is possible that it may have been the case.


I will put a question upon the subject again.