MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether he is aware that the double increment offered to sorting clerks, in accordance with a recommendation contained in the Report of the Tweedmouth Committee, has not yet been obtained by any officer in the sorting department of the Glasgow 276 Post Office; will he explain why the regulation, sanctioned last January, to the effect that instruction is to be imparted by the staff temporarily detached for the purpose, has not been, and is not being, carried out at Glasgow; also, why no reply has yet been given to the memorial which was addressed to the Postmaster General during the month of May this year; and whether the Postmaster General will take immediate steps to provide accommodation for sorting clerks at Glasgow who may be desirous of qualifying in telegraphy in order to earn a double increment and so render the recommendation referred to operative and effective?
§ MR. HANBURY
There has been considerable difficulty at Glasgow in making arrangements for giving instruction in telegraphy to the sorting staff, owing specially to a want of space, but measures have now been sanctioned which will admit of the requisite facilities being afforded. The receipt of the memorial referred to was acknowledged, and now that the necessary arrangements have been made, a reply will be sent to it.