§ MR. MORRIS (Kerry)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether an increase of wages to rural postmen was recommended by the Tweedmouth Commission and sanctioned by the Postmaster General; and, if so, when will the increase be extended to rural postmen in Ireland?
§ MR. HANBURY
The Tweedmouth Committee recommended that the minimum wages of established rural postmen in Ireland should not fall below 15s. a week. The pay of these men is being revised in accordance with this recommendation. A few cases are still under consideration which will be settled as speedily as possible. And as all increases of pay which directly accrue 1051 under the Tweedmouth Scheme take effect from 1st of April, 1897, no one will suffer by the delay.