§ MR. J. P. FARRELL
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury what was the result of the inquiry promised by his predecessor in office in May, 1900, into the case made out for an increase in salary to the waterguard officers of the Customs Department; will he explain why, without giving any reasons, the claim of the men for an increase in grade was dismissed; and can he hold out any hope for an early reversal of this decision.
§ MR. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN
An allowance for travelling and subsistence was authorised to boatmen employed at distant stations in London between midnight and five a.m., and the supply of light serge jackets for summer wear was sanctioned for boatmen generally where the Board of Customs may consider it desirable. No reason is seen for making any other change in the various conditions of service affecting the class. It is not proposed to reopen the question.