HC Deb 10 July 1928 vol 219 cc2067-8W

asked the Secretary of State for Dominion Affairs whether he is aware that certain ex-British civil servants in the Irish Free State, who are employed as officers in Cork Prison, have recently had their hours of work increased from eight hours per day to nearly 10 hours per day, contrary to the terms of Article 77 of the Irish Free State Constitution Act; and whether any representations have been made to the Government of the Irish Free State in the matter?


I have no official information to the effect indicated in the first part of my hon. Friend's question, but in any event there is, in the Article referred to, no provision dealing with such questions as hours of work, and there is accordingly no ground on which representations could be made by His Majesty's Government in Great Britain to His Majesty's Government in the Irish Free State. Any representations that the officers in question desire to make as to the arrangement of their duties should be made by them to the Free State Government, whose officials they are.