§ MR. STEADMAN
On behalf of the hon. Member for the Walthamstow Division of Essex, I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, how many persons are employed temporarily at Liverpool on the work of sorting clerks and telegraphists; whether some of these persons are supplied by the Liverpool Clerks' Association at £1 per week, also what is their maximum service; and whether the time has arrived when a permanent addition to the staff should be made.
§ MR. ANSTRUTHER (for Mr. HANBURY)
Nineteen men and six women are employed temporarily at Liverpool as sorting clerks and telegraphists. Six of the men were obtained through the Liverpool Clerks' Association at £1 a week. The service of these persons ranges from three months to two years and ten months. Opportunity is afforded to them to compete at each examination for established appointments, but the majority do not avail themselves of it. As was stated in the House on the 27th ultimo,* a revision of the Liverpool staff is under consideration in connection with the removal to the new post office.