§ MR. M'CARTAN (Down, S.)
asked the Postmaster General, Whether he is now in a position to state when he can reply to the further Petition of the Male Staff (Established) of the Central Post Office, which was forwarded to him in January last?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL(Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)
The Petition to which the hon. Member refers prayed that a previous one to which an unfavourable reply had been given should be reconsidered. It is, I think, detrimental to the interests of the Service that, when a Petition has been fully considered and an answer given, a fresh Memorial should be immediately presented in the form of a rejoinder. I am not in a position to hold out hopes of any change in the status of the Memorialists, which would largely increase the expenditure of the Department; but the subject shall receive further consideration.