§ Mr. HUGH BARRIE
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury have refused to consider the case of the clerks to the surveyors of taxes pending the Report of the Royal Commission; whether there are forty-two senior established clerks who have been at the maximum salary attainable for some years; 2083W and, if so, in view of the admission of the Board of Inland Revenue that they are insufficiently paid, he will explain why they should have to wait some years longer for an increase in pay; and will he state the annual cost of increasing the salaries of these forty-two senior established clerks on the basis of Sir Matthew Nathan's proposal?
§ Mr. LLOYD GEORGE
The questions of the hon. Member are in effect those to which I have given replies on the 30th October and the 3rd and 9th of this month. The clerks to surveyors of taxes have submitted a memorial to the Royal Commission on the Civil Service, and the views of the Royal Commission with regard to it must be awaited before their case can be dealt with. As I have already stated, any revision of the scales of wages of surveyors' clerks requires to be considered in connection with the system of recruitment.