§ MR. W. LONG (Liverpool, West Derby)
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he has now considered the statement submitted to him by the Liverpool Postal Telegraph Clerks Association some two and a-half months ago; and whether he is in a position to announce that some, at all events, of the much needed alterations shall be speedily made?
§ MR. A. MORLEY
I have considered the statement submitted by certain members of the telegraphic staff at Liverpool. Seeing, however, that the position of the telegraphists throughout the United Kingdom was very fully considered in 1890, and that the sanction of the House was then obtained for the expenditure of a large sum of public money in improving their wages and prospects, I am not prepared at the present time to entertain any proposals for further improving the scale of pay; nor do I consider that classification should be abolished, as such a change would, in my opinion, be detrimental to the interests of the Public Service and of the best portion of the staff.