HC Deb 21 July 1898 vol 62 cc644-5
MR. ALLAN (Gateshead)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, what is the amount of salary paid to the electrician-in-chief to the Post Office; and whether he is allowed to do other work for electric or telephone companies?


The salary of the engineer-in-chief and electrician to the Post Office is £1,200 a year. Mr. Preece also receives varying sums every year for services rendered to the Colonies. Mr. Preece is not allowed to do other work for electric or telephone companies. There are a few municipalities which were obtaining advice from Mr. Preece on their electrical undertakings before he became engineer-in-chief, and they have been allowed to continue to consult him in regard to these works, but Mr. Preece has not entered into any fresh engagements of the kind.

CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)

Arising out of that Question, may I ask does the right honourable Gentleman consider it conducive to the good of the public service that this official should—


Order, order! That is a matter of opinion.