§ MR. STEADMAN
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, why the parcel postmen of Bournemouth have been refused pay for overtime worked last Christmas week, the periods so worked ranging from 11½ hours to 10½ hours per man?
§ MR. HANBURY
The parcel postmen at, Bournemouth were paid overtime for prolonged deliveries on the 23rd and 689 24th December, in accordance with the general rule, as it is recognised that their work is largely increased on those days. The period for which they were refused overtime payment was previous to December 23rd, as it would be contrary to the general practice to allow extra pay for prolonged deliveries before that date. The Surveyor has, however, been instructed to make special inquiry as to whether the circumstances at Bournemouth last Christmas were such as to warrant exceptional treatment in this case.