§ SIR J. W. MACLURE (Lancashire, Stretford)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury what applications have been made during the current financial year by the Post Office to the Treasury for an increase of numbers, or pay, in connection with the Post Office staff; when they were made; and whether they were granted.
§ MR. HANBURY
I have not been able, with so short notice, to ascertain the [...] as to the whole of the Post Office 1317 staff everywhere, but as regards the Circulation Department of the General Post Office, in which, I think, my hon. friend and the House are most interested, I find that no request for increase of numbers or pay has been refused. So lately as last Monday, for instance, an application was received for extra staff in that department alone involving an extra expenditure of £20,000 a year, and was immediately granted. Funds have, I believe, never been so freely granted to this department as during the last five years.