HC Deb 23 May 1881 vol 261 c1056

asked the Postmaster General, Whether he will be able to make any statement with regard to the position of the telegraph clerks before the Whitsuntide Recess?


asked the Postmaster General, If his attention had been called to the opinion given, on the 19th instant, by Mr. Attorney General, defining the legal status of the telegraph clerks, and whether he would adopt and act upon it?


Sir, some days ago I submitted certain preliminary propositions to the Treasury on the position of the telegraph clerks. Those propositions are now being considered by the Treasury in connection with the Post Office; and I can say on behalf of the Treasury, and on behalf of the Post Office, that we are both most anxious to arrive at a decision as soon as possible. As soon as a decision is arrived at I shall make it known. With regard to the Question of the hon. Member for Plymouth (Mr. Macliver), I am sure the House will see that that is a matter with regard to which I ought to have Notice.