§ CAPTAIN NORTON
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will see that no refusal to pay, or unnecessary delay in paying, occurs with reference to the three quarters' wages when on sick pay to which the Customs watchers are entitled under General Order 21, 1896; and whether, with a view to carrying out his promise, he will cause to be issued the revised conditions under which watchers will be entitled to a gratuity, without being compelled to make 300 working days in each year.
§ MR. HANBURY
The Board of Customs have no reason to believe that any unnecessary delay takes place in connection with the issue of sick-pay, and certainly such pay, when due, is never refused. The new instructions in regard to the conditions under which watchers will be entitled to a gratuity have now been issued to the ports in the same way as were the original instructions.