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Written Answers

Volume 61: debated on Friday 1 May 1914

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Written Answers

Civil Service (Royal Commission)

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether the paragraphs on pages 49 and 50 of the Fourth Report of the Civil Service Commission, under the heading of temporary or unestablished employment, refer to the temporary employment of ex-soldier clerks in the War Office?

The observations of the Royal Commission referred to in the hon. Member's question are of a general character, their applicability to particular situations is, as the Commission recognise, a matter for future consideration.

Lough Guir National School, County Limerick

asked the Chief Secretary for Ireland whether he is aware that the manager of Lough Guir national school, county Limerick, applied to the Commissioners of National Education on the 14th March for a loan for the enlargement of the teacher's residence, and that the Commissioners have not since replied to that communication; and what steps he proposes to take to ensure that the matter shall be attended to?

The Commissioners of National Education have received the application referred to, and have transmitted it to their local inspector for a full Report. When this Report is received the matter will be further considered.

Art Schools, Birmingham

asked the President of the Board of Education if the expenses in- curred by the three members of his advisory board who have been visiting art schools in Birmingham are defrayed out of public funds; and, if so, out of which Vote?

Treasury authority was given for the official expenses of the Committee when it was appointed, and these expenses are chargeable to Head A3 of the Board of Education Votes. No expenses have yet been applied for by these gentlemen, but if application is made it will be considered in the ordinary way.

Portuguese West Africa (Arrest Of Natives)

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the two natives, Nekaka and Mantu, who accompanied Mr. Bowskill as peace envoys and acted as interpreters for him during his efforts to secure peace from the rebels at San Salvador, have been thrown into prison; and, if so, can he say upon what charge these men have been arrested?

I understand that the two natives-mentioned were arrested by the Portuguese authorities at San Salvador on 18th January, but I am ignorant of the charge preferred against them.

Post Office

Tomintoul (Banffshire) Part-Time Deliverer

asked the Postmaster-General why Donald Boss, a post-man in Tomintoul, Banffshire, was re-moved from the service; whether it was owing to any fault; and, if not, will he take steps to have him reinstated?

Donald Ross was employed as a part-time deliverer at Tomintoul with wages of 6s. a week. Under a revision his delivery was absorbed into a new full-time duty for an established postman, and as he had no claim to an established post, there was, I regret, no alternative but to dispense with his services. He was allowed to act as substitute on the new post until the vacancy was filled.