Regulations for the Conduct of Public Business and for the Civil Service.
George Didsbtury, Government Printer, Wellington.
Regulations for Conduct of Public Business, and for the Civil Service.
|1.||Public documents requiring the signature of the Governor are to be signed by a Responsible Minister before being presented to His Excellency for signature.|
|2.||No Proclamation is to be issued until duly signed by the Governor and countersigned by a Responsible Minister.|
|3.||All memorials or petitions addressed to the Governor are to be sent through, and are to be answered by, some Responsible Minister.|
|4.||All memorials or petitions forwarded to the Governor for transmission to Her Majesty must be accompanied by copies in duplicate of such memorials or petitions.|
|5.||Copies in duplicate of official documents required by the Governor for transmission to the Colonial Office must be prepared by the office which furnishes the originals.|
|6.||Ministers will not correspond officially with nay heads of departments except those under their own immediate supervision. Minutes of reference Be to be signed either by a Responsible Minister or by his Secretary.|
|7.||All correspondence with representatives of foreign Powers is to be conducted by the Colonial Secretary in the name of the Governor, and, except when relating to mere matters of routine, to be submitted to the Governor, for his information and approval, before being forwarded.page 2|
|8.||All correspondence with other Colonial Governments, or with that of India or its dependencies is to be conducted by the Colonial Secretary, and to be submitted to the Governor for his information In matters of routine connected with the Customs Police, Post, or Telegraph Departments the heads of those departments may correspond direct will the heads of the same departments elsewhere.|
|9.||All official documents which are required to be laid before the Governor are to be forwarded with all possible despatch to the Premier, "for transmission to His Excellency for his approval" or "information," as the case may be.|
|10.||All circular instructions affecting the Service at large are to be signed by the Premier, and by him forwarded to the other Ministers for communication to the several heads of departments under their control.|
|11.||All official letters or documents signed on behalf of Ministers or heads of departments by their Secretaries or clerks are expressly to state that they are written by direction or authority of the Minister or head of such department.|
|12.||All official notices for publication in the Government Gazette, whether signed by Minister or otherwise, are to be sent to the Colonial Secretary's office—for transmission to the Government Printer—not later than 3.30 p.m. on the Wednesday preceding the clay of publication. The Gazette is ordinarily to be published on the Thursday of each week.|
|13.||Responsible Ministers are empowered to authorize expenditure in and approve for payment the accounts of the various departments under their respective control, within the limits prescribed by the Appropriation Act; but any excess must be page 3 approved by the. Treasurer. The Treasurer is authorized to refer back to Responsible Ministers any voucher of an unusual character, or concerning which he may deem further information desirable.|
|14.||Where the sanction of the Governor in Council is required to any appointment, act, or deed heads of the departments to which such documents refer are required to assure themselves that such sanction has been duly obtained.|
|15.||All memorials or petitions for the remission of judicial penalties, fines, and sentences are to be addressed to the Governor; and, should it be thought proper to take any action thereon, such memorials or petitions, if they refer to a sentence of the Supreme Court, will be forwarded by the Colonial Secretary to the convicting Judge, for his report thereon; if to a sentence of any other Court, by the Minister of Justice to the Judge or presiding Magistrate of such Court, for report, prior to the subject of such memorial being disposed of.|
|16.||All appointments to the Commission of the Peace are to be made by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council.|
|17.||Appointments to offices having attached to them a salary of £200 per annum or upwards are to be made by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council.|
|18.||Appointments to offices of a less salary than £200 per annum are, except when otherwise required by law, to be made in the name of the Governor by Ministerial heads of departments.|
|19.||Appointments to offices are to be made subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Act, and are with all convenient speed to be gazetted. The warrants of appointment are to be prepared page 4 in the various Ministerial offices, and duly recorded.|
The Colonial Secretary corresponds with and has under his special control the following department: Agent-General, Public Domains, Public Buildings, Museum, Colonial Architect, Audit Office, Patents Office, Registrars of Births, &c., Registrars of Marriages, Chief Messenger and Housekeeper, Government Printing, Inspector of Stores, Geological and Meteorological, Electoral, Lunatics, Public Health, Weights and Measures, Government Annuities.
The Colonial Secretary also corresponds with the Judges of the Supreme Court, the Speaker of the Legislative Council, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Clerk of Executive, and Clerks of both Houses of Parliament, the Superintendents of Provinces, Chairman, County of Westland.
The Colonial Treasurer corresponds with and has under his directions—Treasury, Public Trustee, Trust Funds, Provincial Auditors, Receivers of Land Revenue, Imperial Pensions Office, Sinking Fund Commissioners, Registrars of Joint-Stock Companies.
The Postmaster-General has under his directions—Postal Department, Telegraph.
The Minister of Native Affairs has under his directions—European and Native Officers of Native Department, Native Land Court, Militia and Volunteers, Defence, Confiscated Lands, Native Reserves, Native Land Purchase, Inspector of Surveys.
The Minister of Justice has under his directions Attorney-General, Land Transfer, Deeds Registry, Registrars of Supreme Court, District Courts, Resi page 5 dent Magistrates' Courts, Petty Sessions, Justices of the Peace, Crown Solicitors and Prosecutors, Coroners, Jurors, Bankruptcy.
The Commissioner of Stamps has under his direction the Stamp Department.
The Commissioner of Customs has under his directions—Customs Offices and Services, Distilleries, Marine.
The Secretary for Crown Lands and Minister of Immigration has under his directions—Commissioners of Crown Lands, Immigration under Immigration and Public Works Act.
The Minister for Public Works has under his direcdion—Public Works under Immigration and Public Works Act.
Regulations for Civil Service.
1. Hours of Business.
The various offices of Government are, except when otherwise ordered, to be open to the public from ten o'clock a.m. to four o'clock p.m., and on Saturdays from ten o'clock a.m. to two o'clock p.m. (Officers are expected to be in attendance in ample time to permit of the offices being in full working order when opened to the public. The permanent lead or the chief clerk of each department or office will be charged with the duty of seeing that these hours are regularly observed by all officers, and will report on the attendance of each officer in the detriment or office at such times and in such manner as may be directed by the Responsible Minister. A time-book of the arrivals and departures is required to be kept in each office, and laid before Ministerial head of department every Monday morning.
All officers will be required to attend at their offices for such longer period as may from time to time be required for the completion of arrears of work, or in consequence of any departmental or public exigency; and no charge for overtime will be allowed except where expressly authorized by regulations agreed to by the Governor in Council unless under the express authority of law.
3. Hours of Business to be devoted strictly to Business.
All officers are required to devote themselves, during the hours of business, exclusively to the discharge of their public duties. No officer will be allowed to leave his office during such hours except on official business, or by express permission the permanent head of the department or brawl. Officers having to attend at more than one place of business shall, as far as possible, attend at stated times, and shall post a notice of such times of attendance at the doors of their several offices Officers are not, during the hours of business, to receive private visitors, or otherwise to allow their attention to be engaged in private affairs.
4. Fees or Remuneration not to be received.
No fee, reward, or remuneration of any kind whatsoever, beyond his salary, shall be received and kept for his own use by any officer for the performance of any service for the Government. All fees received by officers attending in their official character, under a subpoena or order to give evidence or to produce papers in any Court, shall be paid by such officers into the general revenue and such officers shall duly enter and account for page 7 all fees' received by them for the performance of such duty, and shall transmit to the head of their branch an account and vouchers of all the necessary expenses, if any, incurred by them in the performance of such duty.
5. Officers not to engage in Private Business.
No officer shall accept, or shall continue to hold or discharge, any paid office in connection with any banking, insurance, or mining company, or any building society, or any similar body whatsoever, without the express permission, in writing, of the Responsible Minister.
6. Professional Officers not to engage in Private Practice.
No professional officer to whom "The Civil Service Act, 1866," applies shall engage or continue in the private practice of his profession without the authority of law, or the express, permission, in writing, of the Responsible Minister.
7. Officers not to be Members of Local Bodies.
No officer shall accept or continue to hold the office of mayor, president, chairman, or member of the Council or Board of any province, county, city, town, borough, shire, or road district.
8. Addresses and Testimonials.
No address or testimonial shall be accepted by by officer in respect of his official duties, without the sanction, in writing, of the Responsible Minister of his department.
9. Subordination of Officers.
Every officer shall obey promptly and with readiness all instructions that may be given to him by page 8 the officer under whose immediate control or supervision he is placed. If any officer should think that he has ground of complaint arising out of such instructions, or from any other cause whatsoever he may at all times report the same, through the permanent head of his branch, to the Responsible Minister of the department.
10. Absence from Office or District.
Except in cases of sudden illness or other emergency (which shall be immediately reported to the Responsible Minister by or through the permanent head) no officer shall be absent without leave from his office or place of business, or from the district to which he is appointed.
11. Applications for Leave of Absence.
Applications for leave of absence shall in all cases be made, in writing, by or through the permanent head to the Minister of the department, and shall be accompanied by a statement showing the total length of absence of the officer from duty, from all causes, during the previous part of the same year. The permanent head shall also, in all cases of application for leave of absence by any officer under him, make a special report (1) as to the general conduct of the officer during the previous portion of the year, and (2) as to the regularity or irregularity of attendance by the officer for the same period during the hours of business prescribed by the first regulation.
12. Leave of Absence.
Any officer absent from his office or his district without such application having been made and granted shall, except in case of sudden illness or page 9 other emergency mentioned in the last but one preceding regulation, be deemed to be absent without leave. The duties of any officer absent on leave under the provisions of the 27th section of "The Civil Service Act, 1866," shall be performed by his brother officers, without additional salary or remuneration, in such manner as the Minister may authorise or direct.
13. Leave of Absence on ground of Illness or other Pressing Necessity.
Applications for leave of absence on the ground of illness, under the 27th section of "The Civil Service Act, 1866," must be supported by a medical certificate, stating nature of complaint, to the satisfaction of the Responsible Minister that such leave is necessary; and applications for leave of absence on the ground of other pressing necessity, under the section aforesaid, must be supported by reasonable proof of the existence of such necessity.
14. Change of Station.
All officers stationed in any place or district will be liable to be removed at any time to any other place or district, and, when so removed, the actual reasonable travelling expenses of themselves and their families will be paid, on production of proper vouchers, except in case of removal at their own request, or in consequence of any fault of their own, or of promotion, in which latter case they will be allowed a reasonable sum, to be fixed by the Minister, for expenses.
15. Accounts and Public Honeys.
In the matter of accounts and the collection and payment of public moneys officers are enjoined to page 10 conform strictly to the provisions of law, and to such regulations and directions as may from time to time be issued by order of the Honourable the Treasurer.
16. Officers not to incur Liability on behalf of the Government, or to alter General Conditions &c., of Contracts.
No officer shall be authorised to incur, or shall attempt to incur, any liability, or shall have authority to make, or shall attempt to make, any contract on behalf of the Crown, or of the Government or of any department of the public service without the authority, in writing, of the Minister of hi department. The general conditions and forms of specifications of contracts which may from time to time be prescribed to any department shall be strictly adhered to by the professional and other officers of such department, unless in any specs circumstances an alteration therein may be mad and be approved, in writing, by the Responsible Minister.
Requisitions for stores, stationery, furniture, Sittings, and repairs to buildings are to be made in strict accordance with the regulations in that behalf, or with such instructions as may from time to time be given by a Minister.
18. Public Property in Care of Officers.
All officers will be held responsible for the careful use and preservation of all Government property in their possession, custody, or care. Officers in charge of public buildings will, in the event of repairs being required, make a requisition for the same, and are not to allow the buildings to fall page 11 into decay, or to become permanently injured, for the want of such repairs.
19. Information not to be given.
No information out of the strict course of official duty shall be given, directly or indirectly, by any officer without the express direction or permission of a Responsible Minister.
20. Communications not to be made to the Public Press.
No officer shall make any communication, directly or indirectly, to the Press upon any matter affecting the department in which he serves, or the business of the officers thereof, or relating to the public service, or his own official position or acts, or upon any political subject or question connected with New Zealand, without the express permission or authority of a Responsible Minister.
21. Applications of Officers how to be made.
The application of any officer for promotion, leave of absence, change of quarters, increase of salary, or upon any other matter affecting his position in the Service shall be made by the applicant himself by or through the head of his branch or department; and if it be made by or through any other person it will be treated as irregular. Officers exciting parliamentary action with a view to increase of their salaries will be liable to summary dismissal from the Service.
22. Officers in the Civil Service not to take part in Politics.
In order that officers of all ranks may be enabled to render loyal and efficient service to Go- page 12 vernment it is necessary, and they are hereby expressly required and enjoined, not to take any part in political affairs otherwise than by recording their votes at elections; and every violation of this regulation will be forthwith visited with such penalty as the circumstances of the case shall appear to demand.
23. Charges against Civil Officers.
Any officer against whom an accusation is made under the 26th section of "The Civil Service Act, 1866," may be suspended by the permanent head of the department, or by any Minister, or by the officer in charge of the office in which the accused serves. When any complaint is' made against any officer under the 26th section of the Civil Service Act timely notice of such complaint, and a copy of the document reporting it, shall be given him, in order that the complaint and any explanation offered by the accused may be laid simultaneously before the Board of Inquiry.
24. Boards of Inquiry: Time and Place of Meeting.
The members of any Board of Inquiry under the Civil Service Act shall fix the time and place of their sittings; and the Chairman shall inform the accused, in writing, accordingly, and require his attendance at the time and place fixed. If the accused cannot be found, a notice requiring his attendance may be sent by post to his usual or last known place of abode; and if he do not attend, or send a sufficient excuse for his non-attendance to the satisfaction of the Board, the inquiry shall proceed in his absence.
25. The Board to have Materials for Prosecuting the Inquiry.
Any statement of the accused, and all other papers relating to the subject of the inquiry, shall be sent to the Chairman of the Board, who shall, by summons under his hand, require the attendance of any person whose evidence shall, in the judgment of the Board, be material to the subject-matter of the inquiry; and the Board may, if they think fit, administer an oath to any witness.
26. Accused Officer may be examined.
The accused officer may in all cases be examined by the Board, and his attention shall be called to any points on which his explanation or evidence may be deemed by the Board to be incomplete or obscure, or inconsistent with any other part of his evidence, or with the statement made by him as aforesaid. The accused officer shall be allowed to cross-examine every witness giving evidence against him before the Board.
27. Evidence of other Misconduct to be reported.
If, in the course of the inquiry, it should appear to the Board that there is evidence to support an accusation or accusations of breach of duty or misconduct other than the accusation or accusations of which the accused shall have denied the truth, the Board shall report the same to the Governor in Council.
28. Notes to be kept.
The Chairman or other member of the Board shall take full notes of the evidence given before them, and of the information elicited by the Board during their inquiry, and the written statements or documents used in the course of the inquiry shall be attached to the proceedings.
29. Reports and Notes to be forwarded through the Responsible Minister.
When the inquiry is concluded the Board shall forward their report to the Governor in Council, through the Minister of the department at whose instance they were appointed, stating their opinion of the case, and adding any remarks they may think fit to make as to any matters connected with the inquiry. The notes of evidence and proceeding shall be forwarded with the report.
30. Proceedings of the Board may be Private.
Except when otherwise directed by the Governor in Council the proceedings of Boards of Inquiry shall be private.
31. Payment of Salary after Suspension.
Unless it shall be otherwise specially ordered by the Governor in Council, if any officer be suspended pending the investigation of any complaint or accusation against him, and he be afterwards dismissed from the Service, he shall receive no salary or pay from the date of his suspension; and, if he be reduced, the reduced rate of salary or pay shall take effect from the date of his suspension; and, if he be fully acquitted of the charges made against him he shall receive arrears of pay in full from the date of his suspension.
The commission by any officer of anything forbidden and the neglect or violation of anything enjoined in or by these regulations shall be deemed to be a breach of duty or misconduct that may render it unfit that the officer should remain in the Civil Service; and the penalty for such breach or misconduct shall be dismissal from the service, or reduction page 15 to a lower rank in the service, or to a lower salary within the class, or deprivation of future annual increment, or of leave of absence. All cases of dismissal and reduction under these regulations shall be notified in the Government Gazette.
33. Communications from one Department to another.
All communications from one department to mother shall be addressed by and to the Responsible Ministers of the said departments respectively, or by their direction.
34. Officers required to be acquainted with these Regulations.
All officers are required to acquaint themselves with these regulations. Officers at the head of the Various branches of each department are directed to send in requisitions for copies of these regulations for the use of all officers under their control; and Key are hereby required and enjoined to post, and to keep posted, a copy of these regulations in all offices and rooms to which officers of the Civil Service commonly have access, or in which they perform their duties. Officers at the head of the various branches of each department will be held responsible for the Enforcement of these regulations, and are expressly required to report to the Responsible Minister every bread; or neglect of any regulation, and all other acts of misconduct or defaults on the part of any officer under their control.
35. These regulations are in no way to affect duties, or responsibilities, or penalties now or hereafter to be imposed by law.
|1.||Ministers and Judges of the Supreme Court to receive travelling allowance at the rate of two guineas per diem. Transport by land or sea to be provided by the Government. At sea an allowance of 5s. only per diem will be sanctioned.|
|2.||All other officers to receive travelling allowance at the daily rate of 3s. 6d. for every £100 of the salary received by them respectively. No allowance however, to be less than 7s. 6d. per diem. Transport by land or sea to be provided by Government At sea an allowance of 2s. 6d. only per diem will be given.|
|3.||The Government or the officer to have the option, before the travelling commences, to arrange specially that, instead of receiving an allowance, the actual expenses reasonably incurred by such officer shall be paid by the Government on the production of proper vouchers. The Government to decide whether or not any expenses in respect of which a claim is made have been reasonably incurred.|
|4.||No travelling allowance to be paid unless the officer is absent at night from his usual residence but actual reasonable expenses will be paid.|
|5.||No forage allowance will be given or Government horses be lent to officers in the Civil Service This is not to apply to those Civil servants for what forage allowance has been specially appropriated by the Legislature, or to persons in the Militia Service.|
|6.||When an officer is required to travel on public business not pertaining to his department a special rate of allowance will, if necessary, be fixed before the travelling commences.page 17|
|7.||Coroners' mileage allowance, and any allowance fixed by law, will remain as at present.|
|8.||In the case of officers removed from one station to another the actual reasonable travelling expenses incurred for themselves and their families will be paid upon the production of proper vouchers, except when that removal has been occasioned at their request, or in consequence of any fault on the pa: t of the officer removed, or in course of promotion, in which case the Minister having control of the department to which the officer is attached will decide what allowance, if any, should under the particular circumstances be granted.|
Regulations for Government Printing Office.
1. The hours of attendance shall be from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., with an interval of one hour for dinner, except on Saturdays, when the hours shall be from 8.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. continuously. If, during the parliamentary session, it may be found necessary to organize a staff of night-hands, the hours of attendance shall be from six o'clock p.m. to two o'clock a.m., one hour being allowed for supper.
2. Punctual attendance must be strictly observed, The Overseer (or, in his absence, the Sub-Overseer) will be required carefully to note late arrivals and absentees, and report them to the Government Printer every morning by ten o'clock. Five minutes after the proper time will be considered late: when lateness in arriving extends to twenty minutes one hour will be deducted.
3. If at any time during the sitting of Parliament, or in the recess, the attendance of any portion of page 18 the staff should be required earlier in the morning or later at night than usual the extra time will be paid for as overtime, according to the following scale: Overseer and Sub-Overseers, 2s. per hour; Readers, 2s. per hour; Compositors, Pressmen, Machinist, and Engine-driver, 1s. 8d. per hour; Assistants, 1s. per hour.
4. Any person who shall absent himself from the office must, not later than the following day, report in writing the cause of his absence; and if such absence be caused by sickness, and extend beyond two days, he must then forward a medical certificate.
5. In cases of sickness the Government Printer may, on receiving a certificate signed by a legally qualified medical practitioner, declaring the inability of any person to discharge his duties, grant to such person, for a period of three months, salary at the following rate: For the first month, full salary; after the first month, half salary.
6. The period over which the above payment! may extend shall not exceed three months in any one year; but, in the event of prolonged sickness, the Government Printer may bring any such special case under the notice of the Minister, should he consider such a course necessary.
7. Any person guilty of practising imposition on the plea of sickness shall be subject to instant dismissal, or, at the discretion of the Government Printer, to such other punishment as he may deem proper to inflict.
8. In cases of sickness the Government Printer may appoint one or more visitors, and may also require a medical certificate as often as he deems it necessary.
Leave of Absence.
9. Leave of absence for a period of one week in each year may be granted to every person during the recess, or at such time as may be deemed most convenient.
10. The privileges contained in the foregoing regulations, in respect to sickness and leave of absence, shall apply only to those who have been continuously employed in the department for two years or more.
[Extract from the New Zealand Gazette, 23rd July, 1885.]
Amended Regulations for Civil Service Travelling Allowances.
Wm. F. Drummond Jervois, Governor.
In pursuance and exercise of all powers and authorities vested in me in that behalf I, William Francis Drummond Jervois, the Governor of the Colony of New Zealand, do hereby make the following regulations respecting the travelling allowances of officers in the Civil Service of New Zealand, and do direct that the same shall come into force on the first day of August next ensuing.
|1.||All salaried officers, except as hereinafter provided, shall receive travelling allowance for personal expenses at the daily rate of 3s. 6d. for every £100 of the salary received by them respectively: Provided, however, that the minimum allowance to be so paid shall be 10s. per diem, and the maximum Allowance, except as hereinafter specified, shall be £1 ds. per diem.|
|2.||These allowances shall be paid only where an officer is necessarily absent from his head-quarters page 20 at night; but, for all journeys where an officer is not obliged to be absent at night, actual expense! will be paid to an amount in no case exceeding the full daily rate above authorised for personal expenses, on production of a statement giving details of the nature of the charges, with dates, places and to whom paid, but without being obliged to produce receipts.|
|3.||The above regulations as to a maximum allowance shall not apply to the existing holders of office! entitled under the present system to higher rates, or to cases in which a temporarily higher rate shall be specially sanctioned by the Minister; nor shall anything in these regulations preclude the Minister from specially authorising temporary special rates or amounts for travelling, to meet special cases, as hitherto.|
|4.||Cost of transport by land or sea will be paid for by the Government, or, when paid for by the officer travelling, the same will be recouped to him on production of vouchers; but no vouchers for sum expenses will be required for sums of less than 10s and vouchers for railway fares will not be required if the railway travelled upon and the extent of the journey is stated.|
|5.||For all days at sea, after the first day, an allowance of only 2s. 6d. per diem to be given. For the first day at sea the ordinary allowance may be drawn.|
As witness the hand of His Excellency the Governor, this seventeeth day of July one thousand eight hundred and eighty five.
P. A. Bucklet.
George Didsbuby, Government Printer, Wellington,—1887.
[unclear: and Hon. Attendence.]
In pursuance and exercise of the powers conferred by "The Civil Service Act, 1866," and its amendments, and of all other powers and authorities vested in me in that behalf, I, James Prendergast, for and on behalf of His Excellency the Governor of the Colony of New Zealand, and as his duly-appointed Deputy, do hereby make the following regulations respecting the travelling allowances of officers in the Civil Service of New Zealand, and the hours of attendance, and do direct that the same shall come into force on the first day of February next ensuing.
For Travelling Allowances.
1. All salaried officers, except as hereinafter provided, shall receive travelling allowance for personal expenses at the daily rate of ten shillings for officers receiving salaries not exceeding four hundred pounds per annum, and twelve shillings and sixpence for all other officers.
2. These allowances shall be paid only where an officer is necessarily absent from his head-quarters at night; but, for all journeys where an officer is not obliged to be absent at night, actual expenses will be paid to an amount in no case exceeding the full daily rate above authorised for personal expenses, on production of a statement giving details of the nature of the charges, with dates, places, and to whom paid, but without being obliged to produce receipts.
3. The above regulations shall not apply to cases in which a temporarily higher rate shall be specially sanctioned by a Minister; nor shall anything in these regulations preclude Ministers from specially authorising temporary special rates or amounts for travelling, to meet special cases, as hitherto.
4. Cost of transport by land or sea will be paid by the Government, or, when paid by the officer travelling, the same will be recouped to him on production of vouchers; but no vouchers for such expenses will be required for sums of less than ten shillings, and vouchers for railway fares will not be required if the railway travelled upon and the extent of journey is stated.
5. For all days at sea, after the first day, an allowance of only two shillings and sixpence per diem to be given. For the first day at sea, the ordinary allowance may be drawn.
For Hours of Attendance.
6. The hours of attendance for officers of the Civil Service will be from nine o'clock a.m. to one o'clock p.m., and from two o'clock p.m. to five o'clock p.m., except on Saturdays, when the office hours will be from nine o'clock a.m. to one o'clock p.m. Officers are expected to be in attendance in their offices during the whole of the hours specified above. The chief clerk of each department or office is to keep a book in which the hours of arrival and departure of each officer are to be noted, and he will be held responsible for their due attendance, and will furnish periodical reports thereon to the permanent head of the department.
As witness the hand of His Excellency Sir James Prendergast, Knight, Chief Justice,' as such Deputy of the said Governor as aforesaid, this hundred and eighty-eight.
H. A. Atkinson.
George Didsbuby, Government Printer, Wellington,—1887.