31. Mr. HAMILTON
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has yet been able to give, as promised, his personal consideration to the statement submitted to him by the surveyors and officers of the Customs and Excise Departments; and when he hopes to make a state- 1170 ment of the Government's intentions in the matter?
§ 69. Mr. ASTOR
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he has received representations from the Excise officers in connection with the amalgamation of their Department with the Customs Department, and also representations concerning the duties imposed on them by the National Health Insurance Act, 1911, the Old Age Pensions Act, 1908, and the Finance (1909–10) Act, 1910; and if he will appoint an independent Committee, with representatives of the House of Commons on it, to investigate the grievances of the Excise officers?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
I have given my personal consideration to all the representations which have been submitted from Customs and Excise officials, and have caused, or am causing, detailed replies to be sent to them. I will consider any replies that may be received, and then decide what further action, if any, is desirable.