§ SIR R. TEMPLE
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that writers with over 20 years' service at the time of promotion to abstractorships have commenced at the 789 same salary as a writer, similarly promoted, with only 16 years' previous service; and whether the Government would arrange (where the merits in each case have been identical except as to length of service) that men so promoted may be enabled to reach their maximum salary after the same number of years' service as those with less previous service?
§ * SIR J. T. HIBBERT
The appointment of copyists to abstractorships depends upon the nature of the duties to be performed, and has no reference to their previous service. The rule as to the salary at which copyists take up their appointments as abstractors is simple and intelligible, and it is not possible to make any change such as the hon. Baronet desires.