§ MR. JAMES O'CONNOR (Wicklow, W.)
To ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that at Carlisle, telegraph boys, at wages of 8s. a week, are 355 being employed from 5.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m., doing work proper to sorting clerks and postmen, whose wages range from 24s. to 48s. a week; and whether he will take steps to stop this practice.
(Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) It is the practice of the Department to employ senior telegraph messengers on minor postal duties when it is necessary to do so. I am not, however, acquainted with the particular circumstances in the case now referred to. I will have inquiry made, and will communicate the result to the hon. Member.