§ MR. HENRY (Shropshire, Wellington)
To ask the Postmaster-General whether he has decided to reduce the telegraph staff at Shrewsbury by two males, on the 270 ground that the decrease of work makes this step necessary; and whether he will state why it is necessary at the same time to advertise for three female telegraphists, to be stationed at this office.
[Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) In consequence of the decrease of telegraph work at Shrewsbury it was found possible to afford assistance which was needed on the postal side, by transferring two male sorting clerks and telegraphists from the telegraph force. No additional female telegraphists are required at present; and none have been advertised for.