MR. NOLAN (Louth, S.)
; To ask the Postmaster-General if he is aware that the night messengers at Sheffield, Hull, and Belfast are paid at the rate of time and a half for Sunday duty, whilst the night messengers in Scotland receive no pay for, Sunday attendance; and will he now be prepared to adopt a recent official ruling of the Accountant, General Post Office, Edinburgh, that these men are only paid for a week of six days.
(Answered by Lord Stanley.) At some of the post offices in Scotland the wages of the adult night telegraph messengers are fixed so as to include payment for Sunday duty, while at others the wages do not cover attendance on Sunday, which is accordingly paid for extra. I will consider whether it is practicable to adopt a uniform system of payment in such cases.