§ MR. J. KEIR HARDIE
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he received a petition from 200 sorters at the General Post Office on 12th December, 1893, and what reply, if any, has been forwarded?
§ MR. ARNOLD MORLEY
No trace can be found of any memorial from sorters in the General Post Office bearing the date named. It is possible that the memorial referred to is one dated the 16th November, 1893. This memorial, however, asked that a deputation might be received by the Postmaster General. This request was acceded to, and some of the representations made by the deputation, which was received in May last, are still under consideration. I may add that a decision on those representations would doubtless have been arrived at long ago were it not that, in one important particular, the memoralists undertook to show how that which they asked could be done at little, if any, additional cost; and a plan has been only recently received, and, that, as I understand, does not express their views as a body.