HC Deb 05 March 1896 vol 38 c215
MR. W. ABRAHAM (Cork Co., N. E.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether the assistant clerks in the Statistical Office of the Customs receive less annual increment of salary than temporary boy-copyists in the same office, and less annual leave than the messengers; if the sick leave without loss of pay allowed to them is less than what is allowed to any permanent class in the Customs service; and whether he can see his way clear to remedy the matters complained of?


The salary, increment, and annual leave of assistant clerks or abstractors in the Customs are the same as those of their class throughout the service. The increment of boy-copyists is higher because their entire period of service is limited to six years. As regards the sick leave of abstractors on full pay, the Secretary to the Treasury is making inquiry. Considering the rudimentary nature of the work, the Treasury is of opinion that the conditions of their employment are sufficiently favourable.