§ SIR GEORGE BADEN-POWELL (Liverpool, Kirkdale)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the Board of Customs have had under consideration certain complaints made as 779 to pay and hours of the extra men employed by the Department in the port of Liverpool; whether the proposed remedy of the entire abolition of casual employment has now received consideration; and, whether any new system has yet been decided on as to the carrying on of the work hitherto done by extra men?
§ MR. HANBURY
The Board of Customs have not received any memorial from the Liverpool extra men as regards their pay and hours since I answered the hon. Member's Question of the 3rd September on the same subject. The Board are fully alive to the desirability of reducing casual employment to a minimum, but they do not think it possible to dispense altogether with it, or with the services of extra men. The question of the conditions of such service is, however, now to some extent under review in connection with a rearrangement of the junior class in the Outdoor Department, and any representations from the Liverpool casual extra men will be considered in the same connection.