asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is aware that over thirty meetings of Excise officials were held in different parts of the United Kingdom, on Saturday last, to protest against the recommendations of the Hobhouse Committee dealing with the amalgamation of the Excise and Customs Departments, and the Treasury's recent interpretation thereof; and whether, in view of the unanimous discontent manifested by the Excise branch of the amalgamated service, and of the fact that these officials are responsible for the charging of nearly £40,000,000 of revenue and the disbursing of £13,000,000 under the Old Age Pensions Act, he will say what steps he proposes to take to put an end to this discontent among the Excise officials?
Mr. McKINNON WOOD
I must refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on the 16th instant to the hon. Member for North Sligo.