HC Deb 31 July 1922 vol 157 cc1045-6W

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he has been or is being approached by any dock or harbour authority or association thereof or similar body with a view to securing an extension of the customary hours of attendance of Customs and Excise officers in Customs warehouses or on the quays at certain ports; and whether he will bear in mind the far-reaching effect which any concession in this direction will have on the ordinary working hours of various trades and occupations outside the Customs and Excise service?


asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether he is receiving a deputation representing dock and harbour board interests; and, if so, the issues which are being raised by the deputation?


My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has been asked to receive a deputation from the Dock and Harbour Authorities' Association and this request is now under consideration. Its object is substantially as stated in the first part of the question asked by the hon. Member for Edge Hill (Sir W. Rutherford). All relevant circumstances will be taken into consideration.