HC Deb 28 August 1907 vol 182 cc433-4
MR. FIELD (Dublin, St. Patrick)

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether the late local auditor at Gibraltar, who never passed a Civil Service examination for his position, with only seventeen years' service and a salary and allowances amounting to £486 per annum, was transferred back to the Colonial Audit Branch in London as chief examiner at his Colonial rate of £486 per annum; and, if so, seeing that £136 of this Colonial rate was a special local allowance for special work done at Gibraltar, and that his successor at Gibraltar now does this † See (4) Debates, clxxvii., 118–9. ‡ See (4) Debates, elxxxi., 477–9. special work and draws this special local allowance for doing it, will he explain why this clerk is now paid more than £350 a year in London.

(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The officer in question was a member of the old Colonial Audit Branch and not liable to removal from Gibraltar. Arising out of the amalgamation of the Colonial Audit Branch with the Exchequer and Audit Department, it was decided, with the approval of the Colonial Office, as Colonial funds bear the charge, that he should suffer no loss of emoluments on a transfer to headquarters which was made in the interest of the public service.