§ Mr. BYRNE
asked the Chief Secretary what there was unsatisfactory about the work or conduct of Mr. Newell, late inspector of National schools, during the year 13th March, 1905, to 13th March, 1906, 1004W and which, according to Civil Service regulation, would afford any semblance of justification for the stoppage of his annual increment of £ 15 which became due on the later date; if anything unsatisfactory, will he state specifically what it was, as Mr. Newell would be given no reason for the refusal by the Education Office authorities, and his various applications to the Board itself were all intercepted and suppressed by the resident Commissioner, who has since 1903 been hostile to him; and whether he is aware that Mr. Newell's pension has been materially reduced as a result of this and other similar stoppages?
§ Mr. DUKE
The matters raised in this question extend over many years and have been the subject of litigation. At the trial in April last a verdict against Mr. Newell was directed by the Court, and I am informed that he has applied for a new trial. Under the circumstances I cannot make any statement as to the merits of the dispute.