* MR. STEWART WALLACE
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state what reply was given by the Admiralty to the Treasury Minute of 10th August, 1889, calling for the normal establishment; and what steps he proposes to take to cause the Admiralty to carry out this recommendation, which is acted upon by all other Public Departments?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir J. T. HIBBERT,) Oldham
The Admiralty desired, and, in the opinion of the Treasury, reasonably, that they might be allowed to postpone the formulation of a normal establishment for a time until their Upper Division had been further reduced; but they have acted in the spirit of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Civil Establishments by suppressing no fewer than 19 Upper Division vacancies since the Treasury Minute referred to. They are now preparing a scheme in accordance with the Treasury Minute.