§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Louth, N.)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether any representations have recently been made to him for promotion of assistant clerks serving in Dublin offices; whether assurances have been given by his predecessors that any cases in which assistant clerks are represented by the heads of their departments to be engaged on the work of Second Division clerks the question of raising their salaries would be considered; whether, in at least one recent case, a clerk with nearly twelve years total service and a salary of less than£100 a year, has had a recommendation for promotion indefinitely postponed; and whether he will apply to this case the precedent given in the Department of Agriculture and Technical Instruction in which a minimum salary of£120 was given to clerks of long service, small salaries, and meritorious conduct.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I have traced one case which appears to answer; to the description given in the Question. The facts in that case are that the head of the Department recommended an assistant clerk for promotion to the Second Division, and the Treasury in reply stated that they did not feel able to take the application into consideration before the occurrence of a vacancy to which he could be appointed, either in his own or in some other Department. I am not aware of any ground for in creasing the salary of the clerk in question.