§ MR. NANNETTI
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General is he aware that learners who have hitherto received 18s. per week while performing substitute duty will under his new scheme be reduced to 10s. per week; and whether, seeing that such negative concessions are not calculated to lesson the discontent in the service, will he take any further steps in the matter.
I gave an Answer to a similar Question yesterday†. I am aware that there are cases of the kind to which the hon. Member refers, and on the 4th inst. I issued general instructions that learners already employed as substitutes may be given the option of retaining their present varying rates of pay as learners and as substitutes, in lieu of the constant rates for learners with two years service and upwards, indicated in my announcement of the 28th ultimo.