I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, will he explain why over 110 Dublin postmen have been denied the benefit of the nine hours interval oft duty, as recommended by the Committee on Post 011ica Establishments; whether the duties can be arranged so as to admit of this interval by increasing the auxiliary staff in the Central Office; and whether the carrying out of die recommendation of the Committee has been left to the discretion of the officers of the Department, notwithstanding their acceptance in full by the Lords of the Treasury?
§ MR. HANBURY
It is the fact that some of the Dublin postmen have not yet received the advantage of the nine hours rule which was recommended by the Tweedmouth Committee. But the I louse will readily understand that alterations of this kind requiring a rearrangement of duties cannot be effected without some delay, and there is undoubtedly very great difficulty in making this arrangement at Dublin without to some extent curtailing the privileges of the public. Under a revision now pending, however, every effort is being made to give effect to the Committee's recommendation.