HC Deb 29 April 1897 vol 48 cc1246-7
MR. E. H. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether it is intended that allowances hitherto received by postmen in provincial towns shall in future be regarded as part of the weekly wage, and count towards the maximum pay?


The hon. Member does not, I assume, refer to allowances for supervision, boots, trip and subsistence allowances or good conduct stripes, nor to merely temporary allowances for temporary work. All others will be abolished as allowances, and will be merged in the new scale of wages. Full regard will, of course, be held to the claims of existing holders of such allowances. They will enter the scale at a point equal to their previous salary and allowances combined, and whenever the maximum of the present scale, together with the allowances, exceed the maximum of the new scale, that, but no further, excess will be granted.