§ MR. CLANCY (Dublin County, N.)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that a man named John Malone, who had been sixty years in the employment of the Board of Works, Dublin, was recently retired on a gratuity of£39, whereas according to the Board's regulations he was entitled to a sum of£60, and that another employee of the Board was granted only a similar gratuity, although entitled to£50; will he explain why the Board's regulations were violated in those two cases; and whether, if they have been violated, due reparation will be made to the two men in question.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The Board of Works have no regulations of the kind referred to, but it has been the invariable practice of the Treasury in its administration of Section 4 of the Superannuation Act of 1887 to limit the award of a gratuity to a maximum of one year's pay, and this rule could not be departed from in the present instances.