HC Deb 25 February 1896 vol 37 cc1075-6

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether the Postmaster General has received from First Class Sorter A. A. Townsend an appeal, and was Townsend punished by removal from the Registered Letter Division of the General Post Office, entailing a loss of £30 a year, owing to his failing to observe an error committed by another officer; and will the Postmaster General give his favourable consideration of this apparently severe punishment?


The particular error for which Townsend was removed from the Registered Letter Division was a very serious one, and as it was in continuation of a long series of errors it became necessary to remove him from registered letter duties. He thus lost a special allowance of 5s. a week or £13 a year which the performance of these duties carries. The difference between £13 and £30, the amount mentioned by the hon. Member, was made up of extra pay for extra duty in dealing with registered letters on alternate Sundays; and although Townsend can no longer be emploved to deal with registered letters, it is being considered whether Sunday extra duty cannot be given him in connection with ordinary letters.