§ MR. HAZLETON
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland whether he will state the amount of the credit which Mr. A. D. Price, of the Local Government Board, has received for his eight years unbroken temporary service; whether he applied for such credit, and on whose recommendation it was made; whether such credit was paid to him before being included in the Estimates; and whether it was in addition to the new increase, provided in the current Estimates, of this gentleman's salary from a maximum of £400 to a minimum of £400 rising to £600.
§ MR. CHERRY
It would be difficult to appraise the exact cash value of the credit given for Mr. Price's temporary service. It will, perhaps, suffice if I inform the hon. Member of the precise facts. In January, 1907, the office which Mr. Price holds was made permanent at a scale of salary rising from £400 to £600 a year. Mr. Price asked to be given credit for his temporary service, and the Local Government Board recommended the application. The Treasury, upon consideration of the facts, gave authority for Mr. Price to enter on the new scale at his existing salary, namely, £500, which was the salary attached to the post while it was a temporary appointment. 1110 This authority was given on 5th February, 1907, after the Estimates for last year had been prepared.