HC Deb 05 March 1903 vol 118 c1567
MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)

I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether the authorities of the Post Office are now giving effect to the recommendation of the Tweedmouth Committee, that if, in any period of forty-eight hours, the combined amount of a long and short duty exceeded sixteen hours, the amount of such excess should be paid for as overtime without reference to the number of hours worked on other days of the same week.


The recommendation of the Committee was not that the excess should be "paid for" as overtime, but that it should be "treated as overtime, that is, that each hour should he counted as an hour and a quarter"; and I have reason to believe that the Committee purposely used this phraseology in order to negative the interpretation suggested in the hon. Member's Question.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that Lord Tweedmouth differs from that view of the recommendation?


I have seen a letter purporting to come from Lord Tweedmouth. I do not wish to involve myself in any controversy with him, but I think he must have forgotten what passed.