HC Deb 26 January 1897 vol 45 c512
MR. J. J. CLANCY (Dublin, Co. N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, with reference to his statement on 19th May last year, that lower salaries are paid to women clerks in the General Post Office, Dublin, than to those in the London Post Office because of the higher cost of living in London, whether it is a fact that, despite that alleged circumstance, the male clerks are paid at the same rates in both offices: and, if so, whether the Postmaster General will reconsider his decision in this matter, and place the female clerks as well as the male clerks in both offices in the same position as regards salary?


Male clerks of the second division in the General Post Office, Dublin, are paid at the game rates of salary as those in the General Post Office, London, because these rates are not subject to any Departmental arrangement, but are applicable to second division clerks generally by Order in Council. But other male officials are paid less in Dublin and Edinburgh on account of the lower cost of living. The female clerks are treated in this respect upon precisely the same principle as the male officials, other than the second division.