Or to some members of parliament, that is, those who attend. In the outside service there are officials who have longer hours, but I do not attach much importance to the question, of official hours, because I think it is the duty of a civil servant to do the work that is required, irrespective of official hours. That is certainly done in my department, and I know that many civil service officials do work much longer than the ordinary official hours, and do it very cheerfully. With regard to increases of salaries since 1902, I think I am safe in saying that all the civil service officials have received what is called the statutory increase. I am not aware at the moment of any exception ; if there has been, it has been for some good reason. But speaking generally of the civil service, they receive the statutory increases. As to applications for an increase, I cannot recollect any special application, but a formal application was made on behalf of the civil service generally, by a deputation, for an increase of pay.
Subtopic: CIVIL SERVICE EMPLOYEES.