§ MR. PATRICK O'BRIEN (Kilkenny)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether when the House rises for the Easter and Whitsuntide holidays the Post Office employees in the House, or any of them, are allowed those holidays; and, if not, will he consider the desirability of 417 allowing those officers who are not required on duty in the House during Easter and Whitsuntide to have the benefit of those holidays in turn, in consideration of their long hours and the duties so efficiently discharged.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
I fully appreciate the efficient way in which the duties of the post office at the House of Commons are performed, but I should not be justified in allowing the staff the same holidays as the House takes. Those of the staff who perform late duties receive an additional week's holidays in consideration of the irregular hours of their duty. The hours per week are those of their class generally, i.e., forty-eight a week.