§ Order of the Day read for the consideration of the Fourth Report from the Select Committee.
§ The Committee reported—
§ 1. WAR BONUS FOR PENSIONERS.
§ The Committee considered the application to the pensioners of the House of Lords Offices of the war bonus sanctioned by the Treasury for the Civil Service, and approved its application to the pensions of the staff of the House of Lords.
§ 2. ADDITIONAL ACCOMMODATION FOR CROWN OFFICE.
§ Paragraph 2 of the Third Report from the Committee was reconsidered. The Lord Great Chamberlain's proposals for providing additional accommodation to the Clerk of the Crown and Permanent Secretary to the Lord Chancellor, as set forth in paragraph 2 [sub-paragraph (1)] of the Third Report, were approved as a temporary arrangement until the construction of the lift to the third floor was completed.
§ 3. BOX FOR SECRETARIES OF CABINET MINISTERS.
§ The Lord Great Chamberlain submitted a proposal for the re-erection of the box which was removed from the space on the right of the Throne. This proposal was not approved by the Committee.
§ 4. GRATUITY TO A REPRESENTATIVE OF A COAL PORTER (DECEASED).
§ The Lord Great Chamberlain proposed that a gratuity should be paid to the representative of John Panter, principal coal porter, lately deceased, after thirty-three years and four months' faithful service. The Committee recommend that a payment of £82 10s., being at the rate of one week's pay for each year of employment (plus 25 per cent. representing the allowance for war bonus on the scale sanctioned by the Treasury) be made to his representative in accordance with the provisions of the Superannuation Acts.
§ 5. GRATUITY TO HOUSEKEEPER ON RETIREMENT.
§ The Lord Great Chamberlain reported that Miss A. de Laney, housekeeper, had retired on account of ill-health after seventeen years and one month's valuable service, and submitted that a compassionate gratuity should be granted to her.
§ The Committee recommend that a payment of £49 0s 8d., being at the rate of one week's pay for each year of employment (plus an allowance of 7s. 8¼d. as war bonus on the scale sanctioned by the Treasury) be made to Miss de Laney in accordance with the provisions of the Superannuation Acts.
§ 6. FEE FUND.
§ Paragraph 6 of the Third Report from the Committee was reconsidered. The amended account of the Fee Fund of the House of Lords for the year ended 31st March, 1919, was laid before the Committee by the Clerk of the Parliaments.
THE ACTING CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF KINTORE)
My Lords, I beg to move that this Report be now considered and agreed to.
§ Moved accordingly, and, on Question, Motion agreed to.