§ MR. J. P. FARRELL () Longford, N.
To ask the Postmaster-General whether he is prepared to consider any representations for the improvement of the present salaries and positions of sub-postmasters in Ireland; whether he is aware that a sub-postmaster handling £20,000 a-year of public money is only paid a salary of £74 a year, out of which he has to provide a competent assistant, an office fire, light, twine, and sealing-wax, leaving him about £10 a year for himself by way of salary; and whether he would be prepared to consider a graduated scheme for emolument based upon the amount of business transacted in each office.
(Answered by Lord Stanley.) I have recently sanctioned a scheme under which the remuneration at some of the sub-offices throughout the United Kingdom, especially the smaller ones, will be improved, and instructions are being issued to give effect to it as soon as possible. Without fuller particulars I am unable to identify the case to which the hon. Member specially refers. The emoluments at a sub-office are based upon the total amount of business transacted. In addition to the salary, commissions are† See (4) Debates cxviii., 1542.600 paid upon postal order, money order, savings bank, and telegraph business, where transacted; so that it by no means follows that the salary of a sub-postmaster represents his total emoluments.