§ SIR JOHN KENNAWAY
asked the Postmaster General, Whether it is the case that the additional pay promised to 968 all Civil Service men in the Post Office employ, after five, ten, and fifteen years' service as letter-carriers, is being withheld in many cases on the alleged ground of there being no vacancy on the list; whether he is aware that this is regarded by the men as a breach of faith on the part of the Post Office; and, whether he can hold out hopes of their claims being met without delay?
§ MR. SHAW LEFEVRE
The hon. Baronet clearly refers to good conduct stripes. These stripes are strictly limited in number, and no sort of promise has at any time been made that they would be conferred on the completion of a given period of service. What has been promised is this, and it is strictly adhered to—that after five, 10, or 15 years' service a letter carrier, provided his conduct has been good, shall be deemed eligible for one, two, or three good conduct stripes, and that as vacancies occur his claims to the distinction shall be considered with those of others.