§ Captain BOURNE
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, as representing His Majesty's Paymaster - General, whether the additional payment of £100 per annum made to one of the principal clerks of the Paymaster-General's office for acting in the absence of the Assistant-Paymaster-General is made only to cover the period when the Assistant-Paymaster-General is absent on leave; and, if so, can he state the amount of leave to which this officer is entitled during the year?
§ Mr. PETHICK-LAWRENCE
The allowance in question takes account not only of the principal clerk's responsibility for acting in the absence of the Assistant Paymaster-General but of certain duties discharged by him which do not fall upon the other principal clerks. I am not aware of the association of any explicit rule in the matter with the post of Assistant-Paymaster-General since its origin in 1836.