§ Mr. MACDONALD (Tower Hamlets, Bow)
I big to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether there are still about 40 writers at South Kensington, 15 in the Admiralty, and nine in the Post Office, who, notwithstanding the Treasury Minute of 10th August, 1889, have not yet been promoted to the Establishment; and, if so, what is the reason for the delay?
§ SIR J. T. HIBBERT
I have not been able to cheek all my hon. Friend's 643 figures, though so far as I have yet ascertained he does not appear to have overstated them; but I must point out that the appointment of copyists to the Establishment is not a matter of course, but can only take place wherever Heads of Departments can satisfy the Treasury that there is work in those Departments superior to that properly assignable to copyists, and requiring the appointment of abstracters or assistant clerks on the Establishment.