§ Mr. KING
asked the Minister of Labour whether he is aware that local agents under the Ministry of Labour have received no advances of remuneration since the War began; whether he has considered the information laid before him on 6th June, 1918, when he attended a conference with the representatives from local agent's association; and what action he proposes to take?
§ Mr. G. ROBERTS
The question of increased remuneration to local agents of the Employment Department in respect of the increased cost of living as a consequence of the War, has been under the consideration of the Department, and authority has now been given for the grant of a war bonus to local agents. This bonus is payable as from the 15th January, 1917, with an increase of bonus as from the 15th January, 1918, and is graduated according to the payments received annually by individual agents. Payment is being made under this authority forthwith, and the question of a further increase in bonus as from the 15th July, 1918, is under consideration.