HC Deb 29 October 1912 vol 43 cc242-3

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether in Government offices in Ireland a weekly half-holiday is given to all Civil servants of the State; and, if not, whether, in view of the modern practice of good employers in this respect, and of the recent Shops Act making a half-holiday every week for private employés compulsory, he will consider if the time has now arrived when a corresponding benefit should be secured to all Civil servants?


Under Clause 14 of the Order in Council of 10th January, 1910, all permanent Civil servants are allowed a half-holiday on alternate Saturdays if the progress of public business is not prejudiced thereby. Any change would necessarily apply to permanent Civil servants in all parts of the United Kingdom, but the hon. Member's suggestion shall receive sympathetic consideration.

54. Mr. MORTON

asked the Lord Advocate whether his attention has been called to the death of Mr. Alexander Bannerman, on the 9th August last, by being run into by a motor car at Brora, Sutherland; and whether he will order an inquiry to be held in accordance with the wishes of the deceased's relatives and for the protection of the public?


My attention has been called to the matter referred to in my hon. Friend's question. A full inquiry has been made by the Procurator Fiscal into the circumstances of the case; and I do not consider that any further inquiry would serve any useful purpose.


Considering the importance of this case, will the right hon. Gentleman reconsider the matter?


No, Sir; I cannot undertake to reconsider the case. I have already very fully considered it.