§ MR. NANNETTI (Dublin, College Green)
To ask the Postmaster-General if he is aware that sorting clerks and telegraphists at Dublin have to pay the quarterly salaries of national teachers in addition to their ordinary duties; that these officers, with one exception, receive no risk allowance, and that the amount of money paid over the counter by each officer, in sums ranging from 30s. upwards, exceeds £1,000; that, notwithstanding the fact that these payments recently fell due on a Saturday, no departure was made from the rule, with the result that extreme pressure prevailed for many hours; and if so, will he say whether this practice has received his sanction; and will he see that provision is made in future so as to avoid any cause of complaint.
(Answered by Lord Stanley.) I am aware of the arrangement, which has existed for many years. Although the work of the counter staff is certainly increased by this additional duty, I am assured that, as a whole, it is not more than they can be reasonably expected to perform. If, however, the officers concerned consider that they have any real cause for complaint, and will fully represent the matter to the Controller, inquiry will be made whether any relief is necessary on these occasions.