§ Mr. BYRNE
asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware of the fact that the Midland and Great Western Railway Company of Ireland, in their reply of the 10th instant to an application for an increase of wages of 5s. per week from the United Kingdom Society of Coachmakers, stated that they were unable to assent to the increase unless they can obtain assistance from the Government; and whether he has replied to the questions raised at the interview in this connection on the 26th ultimo; and if so, has an assurance of support been given in the event of an increase being granted?
§ Mr. DUKE
I have no knowledge of the communication referred to in the first part of the question, but have received from this company an application for Government assistance either by way of compensation for losses stated to have been sustained in consequence of the rebellion or otherwise. The claim in respect of losses is at present the subject of investigation.