HC Deb 01 May 1891 vol 352 cc1845-6

(Camberwell, N.): I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will state the date in which payment of overtime for Second Division Clerks at the uniform rate of 1s. 6d. per hour was sanctioned by the Treasury; and whether it is intended that all Second Division Clerks should, in the event of their being called upon to work overtime, be paid at the same rate without -distinction of any kind as to the Department in which they might be serving?


As I stated on the 20th April, there is no general Treasury Minute laying down the rule for Second Division Clerks overtime. I cannot, therefore, give the date. Moreover the Treasury has not enjoined a uniform rate, as the hon. Member appears to suppose. All that the Treasury has done is to refuse sanction to any rate in excess of 1s. 6d. an hour in any Department, and within that limit the Heads of Departments may assign such overtime payments as they may?deem expedient. It is not intended to make any change in this rule.


I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will take into consideration the desirability of promoting some of those Civil Service Writers who were recommended for promotion under the Treasury Minute of December, 1886, and could mot be promoted to a permanent junior?class in such an office as the Education Department where, owing to the great increase of work, the present staff must necessarily be shortly augmented?


I am not aware that there is any application from the Education Department for an increase of staff, and I am sure that my hon. Friend will agree with me that it would be very undesirable, if such an application were made, that the Treasury should be ham- pered in dealing with it by pledges given on a partial view of the circumstances.

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