§ Mr. LUNDON
asked what scale of remuneration, if any, is allowed to sub-postmasters in Ireland for the work they do in connection with the payment of old age pensioners; whether any payments have been made to sub-postmasters in the Limerick district since 1st January, 1909; and, if so, on what scale?
§ Mr. BUXTON
Sub-postmasters throughout the United Kingdom are at present being paid at the rate of £1 10s. 795 for the first thousand old age pension warrants paid at their offices and £1 per thousand for the remainder. This rate is provisional only, and I hope very soon to be in a position to fix the rates definitely. A separate payment of 1s. is made to sub-postmasters in respect of each accepted old age pension claim form that they may have assisted to prepare. The first payment for pension warrants was made, with arrears, to sub-postmasters in the Limerick district at the time when their regular monthly remuneration for March was paid, and payment has continued thenceforward at monthly intervals. Any remuneration due for assistance in filling up claims admitted during the quarter ended 31st March last was paid on the 30th ultimo.