HC Deb 26 May 1884 vol 288 c1313

asked the Postmaster General, If a female telegraphist in the service previous to a Rule at present existing, "prohibiting her marrying and retaining her situation," may not marry without being called upon to resign; and, if not, is she not entitled to compensation for a service of about thirteen years?


The Rule to which the hon. Member refers has been in operation for many years; it makes no exception in favour of women who were in the service at the time it was established. All, whether appointed before or after the date of that Rule, must resign on marriage; and on their resignation they are not legally entitled to either pension or gratuity in respect to the years they have served.