§ COLONEL O'BEIRNE
asked the Postmaster General, Whether it is true that 758 the letter-carrier between Kesh Carrigan and Drumcong, county Leitrim, has to perform his duties at all seasons of the year and chiefly during the night, only receives an annual salary of £4 13s. 6d. to carry the letters a distance of ten miles; and, whether it is contemplated to make any revision of the scale of wages of rural letter-carriers with a view of giving an increase of salary?
§ MR. FAWCETT
Sir, the facts of the case to which my hon. Friend refers are simply these. The sub-postmaster of Drumcong has to send twice a day to meet the mail cart at Kesh Carrigan, a distance of three-quarters of a mile, and for this, in addition to his allowance as sub-postmaster, he receives £5 a year. He ought to give the whole of this sum to the letter carrier who does the work; I find, however, he gives him a few shillings less. With regard to the latter part of the Question, I may state that, although there has been no general revision of the scale of wages of rural letter carriers, the system of good-conduct stripes, which has hitherto been confined to London, has now been extended to the entire country, and a certain number of these stripes will be bestowed on the rural letter carriers who are on the establishment. I may add that the introduction of a parcel post will probably render it necessary in numerous instances to re-arrange the duties of rural letter carriers.
§ MR. FAWCETT
I am sorry I cannot state with certainty when it will be introduced. It is, as I have already said, very undesirable to bring it into operation until all our arrangements are complete. No effort is being spared to hasten the arrangements, and I can assure the hon. Member and the House generally that the very moment the Post Office is ready the country shall not have an hour's delay.
§ MR. BROADHURST
asked when the good-conduct stripes would be served out to the rural letter carriers?
§ MR. FAWCETT,
in reply, said, he thought that the arrangements had already been made. The authorities were then engaged in finding out the letter carriers entitled to receive the stripes.