HC Deb 07 July 1887 vol 317 cc66-7
MR. LAWSON (St. Pancras, W.)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether the telegraphists of the Central Telegraph Station were forced to work not only their full duty hours but in many cases from two to four hours overtime on Jubilee Day, whilst the higher officials were allowed a holiday; and, whether they received extra pay or recognition of any kind for their services; and, if not, whether like other bodies of public servants they will receive some compensation?

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

In reply to the hon. Member, I have to say that on the occasion to which he refers the telegraphists were no more forced than they are on any other day. The public required that their messages should be transmitted, and it was the duty of certain officers to be in attendance to dispose of the messages. When overtime was worked it was, in accord- ance with, the usual practice, paid for. A holiday was given to as many officers as could be spared in all ranks, and not merely to the higher officials. It is not proposed to give any special payment to the officers to whom a holiday could not be allowed, although I should be glad if it were possible to do so.


asked, whether the telegraphists would have a holiday in their turn by way of compensation?


I do not think that any special arrangements of that kind can be made.