§ MR. ERNEST GRAY
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, whether the regulations which were issued in 1892 respecting the payment of an uniform rate of 1s. 2d. per hour for overtime performed by assistant clerks were intended to apply generally throughout the public service; and, if so, whether steps will be taken to pay the amount withheld from those assistant clerks who performed extra duty in those departments in which, through a misapprehension of the said regulations, a lower rate than the authorised one was paid for extra duty subsequent to 1892.
§ MR. HANBURY
No general regulations were issued in 1892. In 1891 the Commissioners of Customs were informed that in that department a rate of 1s. 2d. should be paid for overtime. General regulations prescribing the rate of overtime to be paid to abstractors of the new class were issued by the Treasury in November, 1896; and I understand that the practice of all departments with regard to abstractors of the old class was then rendered uniform.