§ MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow W.)
To ask the Postmaster-General whether he will explain why postman C. W. Mason of Clapham, was not appointed assistant head postman when the duty which he had been working for four and a half years was made an assistant head postman's duty; and further why the 3s. allowance which he had been receiving during that time was not added to his wages.
(Answered by Mr. Austen Chamberlain.) Postman Mason was not appointed assistant head postman because he had not the qualifications necessary for that appointment. The duty for which Mason had received a temporary allowance of 3s. a week was not equivalent to that of an assistant head postman, and the allowance ceased when he ceased to perform the duty.