§ MR. HOGAN
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that certain exceptions were made in 1891, when the then Postmaster General (Mr. Raikes) granted increments of salary to established rural postmen; and whether he will now consider the propriety of extending the 1891 scale of increments to such exceptional cases, or to established rural postmen generally who have travelled 70 miles weekly on foot during the past 12 years, and whose hours of duty prevent their official salaries being supplemented from any other source?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. A. MORLEY,) Nottingham, E.
The concession of wages on a rising scale is granted only to officers performing a full day's work, and in the case of rural postmen qualified to hold an established appointment it has already been extended to all postmen whose duties could be fairly regarded as coming up to that standard. I do not consider that it would be right to reduce the standard in order to include an additional number of cases, such as those referred to by the hon. Member.