§ 7.10 p.m.
§ Order of the Day for the consideration of the Second Report by the Select Committee on House of Lords Offices read.
§ The Committee reported as follows:
1.—COLUMN NEWS MACHINE.
The Committee authorised payment to the Column Printing Co. Ltd. of the balance due to them at the expiration of their agreement on 31st December, 1939
2.—GRATUITY TO WIDOW OF DOORKEEPER.
The Committee sanctioned the payment of a gratuity, under Section 2 of the Superannuation Act, 1909, to the widow of Charles Henry Garraway, M.C., a Doorkeeper, who died on the 14th of February, 1940.
3.—GRATUITY TO A HOUSEMAID.
The Committee sanctioned the payment of a gratuity to Mrs. Edith Griggs, a housemaid, who retired owing to ill-health on 25th January, 1940, after 20 years' service.
The Committee considered an application from the Resident Superintendent for an increase of salary. After deliberation the Committee decided that consideration of the application should be postponed until after the war.
The Yeoman Usher, Lord Esmé Gordon-Lennox, furnished the Committee with particulars of the pay received by Custodians.
6.—OFFICIAL REPORTING STAFF.
The Committee were asked to reconsider the date as from which the Reporting Staff of the House of Lords should be placed upon the establishment and decided that the date should be fixed at 1st September, 1929. The pension and additional allowance authorised to be paid to Mr. A. W. Grant to be increased accordingly.
7.—REPORT FROM LIBRARY SUB-COMMITTEE.
The Earl of Onslow expressed the regret at the loss sustained by the death of the Earl of Crawford, and informed the Committee of his own appointment to the Sub-Committee.
THE CHAIRMAN OF COMMITTEES (THE EARL OF ONSLOW)
My Lords, I beg to move that the Report be now considered and agreed to. There is no particular matter to which I need draw your Lordships' special attention. The matters which came before the Select Committee are ordinary ones. There is only one item which I may mention, and that is item No. 7, in which the Committee take 966 cognisance of the great loss which the Library Committee have sustained in the death of Lord Crawford, who was a most active member of that Committee, who, as a rule, acted as its Chairman, and to whom your Lordships very largely owe the number of interesting volumes outside the legal library which now adorns our Library. Reference has already been made to the loss your Lordships have sustained, but in view of the fact that the late noble Earl was so conspicuous in his attention to the Library and to service on the Library Committee, I venture to add these few remarks.
§ Moved, That the Report be now considered and agreed to.—(The Earl of Onslow.)
§ On Question, Motion agreed to.
§ House adjourned at thirteen minutes past seven o'clock.