HC Deb 03 August 1888 vol 329 cc1396-7

asked the Postmaster General, If the clerks on the special staff in the Post Office who perform duty from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. receive any time for dinner; whether some clerks perform overtime work from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and others from 12 noon to 3 p.m., and if the latter are allowed any dinner time; whether the clerks who perform overtime from noon to 3 p.m. (14 hours) are allowed dinner time; and, why this difference is made?

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

Telegraphists whose duty begins at 5 in the evening are not allowed any time for dinner; neither are those whose duty begins at 2 in the afternoon. They are expected to have dined before they arrive. Between 12 noon and 3 p.m. no dinner time is allowed to telegraphists performing overtime work unless this work happens to be continuous with their ordinary work.