§ MR. O'KELLY (Mayo, N.)
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that the Department of Agriculture have on their staff a number of clerks with a service of eight years and upwards whose salaries fall short of £100 per year, and whose present rate of yearly increment does not amount to an increase of one shilling per week; and whether, in view of the fact that persons of less experience have since the establishment of the Department been employed at higher salaries to do similar work, he will take steps to have the claims of the clerks in question suitably recognised.
§ MR. WYNDHAM
I refer the hon. Member to my replies to the similar Questions put to me by the hon. and learned Member for North Lout h on the 28th May, 17th June and 7th July.† The Questions asked a number of particulars about two clerks who have been appointed at higher salaries than three existing clerks, to which the three existing clerks object; the answers were to shew (1) that the existing clerks have been well treated in being made permanent with increase of pay instead of temporary; (2) that the new clerks are persons of experience.