§ MR. MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the temporary clerks in the Registry of Deeds Office, Ireland, are given the same privilege with regard to leave as that accorded to persons employed in a similar capacity in other Irish Offices; whether it is not customary to pay temporary clerks and writers for the days on which the office in which they are employed is officially closed; and, if so, why the temporary clerks in the Registry of Deeds Office were not paid for Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, and two other official holidays when that office was closed; and are not the temporary clerks in the Local Government Board, Land Commission Office, General Post Office, and other Irish Offices also allowed one day's leave in every month, or 12 days in each year, and half an hour daily for lunch; and if so, will he have instructions sent to the Registrar of Deeds in Ireland to permit the temporary clerks in his office to receive the same leave and allow this privilege to be retrospective, so that the clerks so employed should receive payment for the official holidays for which they are still unpaid?
§ SIR H. MAXWELL
No application from the Registrar of Deeds on behalf of the temporary clerks or writers in his Department, appears to have reached the Treasury on the matters referred to in the question. But I may say that the 699 Treasury would be prepared to sanction in their case the same rules as to leave on full pay, &c., as are in force for copyists generally.