§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury as representing the Postmaster 802 General, whether he is aware that the application of the general secretary to the Postmen's Federation for leave of absence to enable him to attend meetings of the executive of the Federation, to be held on the 29th, 30th, and 31st instant, was refused, although leave of absence was given to other members of the executive who reside in London districts; and whether, in view of the fact that the General Post Office authorities always profess a readiness to give facilities to the officers of the various associations of employees to conduct the business of these bodies, and in view of the importance of the secretary of the executive being present, he will see that leave is given them to attend.
§ MR. ANSTRUTHER (for Mr. HANBURY)
It is the case that the application referred to was refused, under well understood rules, which my right hon. friend will be glad to explain to the hon. Member