§ Mr. WILKIE
asked the Secretary to the Treasury when the allowances recommended by paragraph 236 of the Report of the Committee on the Amalgamation of the Customs and Excise Departments are to be granted to all the officers concerned; and, in view of the fact that the allowances have already been granted to some officers, will the Treasury consider favourably the advisability of a retrospective application of the scale to the other officers?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
The payment of the allowances in question is dependent on the abolition of the existing Customs arrangements as to attendance and overtime pay. The application of the new arrangements recommended by the Committee is under consideration. A few Custom officials who have been transferred from Customs to Excise duties, to which the present Customs arrangements do not apply, have been granted the allowances as a matter of equity.