§ MR. COURTHOPE
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether, in arranging 1525 postmen's duties to allow nine clear hours at their own homes, any allowance is made for the time occupied by mounted rural postmen in preparing horses and carts in the morning and putting them away at night; and whether such time occupied in stable duties counts as part of their duty.
§ MR. SYDNEY BUXTON
It is the practice to arrange the duties of rural postmen is such a manner as to give them nine hours at their homes; and in the case of mounted rural postmen reasonable allowance is made for the time necessary for attending to their horses and carts. Stable duties are taken into consideration in fixing the amount of work the men are called on to perform.