§ Mr. ANDERSON
asked the President of the Board of Trade whether his attention has been drawn to the grievance on the part of the salaried Irish railway clerks re payment of overtime; whether he is aware that last August the Railway Executive, in agreement with the National Union of Railwaymen, changed the war bonus into a war wage for the calculation of payment of overtime, and that this was made applicable to railway clerks in Great Britain, and that shortly afterwards this arrangement was extended to Ireland, and from the 5th September, 1917, all men drawing weekly wages have been paid overtime at the rate of wages plus the war wage; whether he knows that this arrangement was not put into force for salaried railway clerks until 1st May, 1918, and that the arrears due have not been paid, though they amount in some cases to as much as £15 per man; and whether he will take steps to have this matter put right?
Sir A. STANLEY
I am making inquiry into this matter, and will communicate further with the hon. Gentleman.