In consideration of this decision, the official hours of attendance will be terminated at four o'clock instead of half-past four, except on Saturdays, the existing rule as to that day remaining unchanged. It must therefore be understood that, in future, Officers in the Government Buildings are not, except when special permission is given, to absent themselves from their Offices for luncheon.
Heads of Departments will see that this rule is strictly enforced'
- New Zealand's Secretary of the Cabinet, Ebenezer Fox, 16 January 1880
[Quoted in R. Kitteridge, 'The Cabinet Manual: Evolution with Time', March 2006, Cabinet Office website. In a curious coincidence, Ebenezer Fox was also the name of a notorious poacher in Stevenage in the same era. The poacher had a twin brother. Perhaps one of the brothers secretly emigrated to New Zealand and found refuge in Parliament...]