§ MR. WALLACE (Edinburgh, E.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he will be able to reply, at an early date, to a Petition in October last from the second class telegraph staff in Edinburgh, praying that the first class, which has been reduced by twelve, may again be placed at the proportion of one in three, at which it has elsewhere stood since 1881?
§ SIR J. FERGUSSON
The prayer of the Petition cannot be acceded to. The office in question was carefully revised last year. Substantial improvements were made, which benefited the whole staff; and the numbers of each class were adjusted not by proportion, but according to the duty to be performed.