§ MR. O'DOWD (Sligo, S.)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury what was the average amount of overtime done in the Statistical Office of the Customs in the years 1906 and 1907. and whether there is any hope of the present excessive amount of extra duty being reduced, as indicated in reply to" a Question last session.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) I am informed that the average amount of overtime work performed in the Statistical Office of the Customs in the years 1906 and 1907 was 300 hours and 303 hours per head respectively. My reply of 20th August last to the hon. Baronet the Member for Wandsworth, to which I suppose the hon. Member refers, that every effort is made to reduce the amount of this extra attendance, still holds good of course, but I am afraid I can hold out no hope of any material reduction below the figures quoted.