§ Mr. WADSWORTH
asked the Postmaster-General whether an ex-soldier had been employed in the Hull office since March, 1909, on full telegraph duties at the wage of 25s. per week; whether he could state who was responsible for the fixation of this scale for casual labour at a Class I. office; and whether he could recommend that in such cases the rates laid down by the Select Committee for unestablished assistants should be the minimum rate of payment.
§ The ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Captain Norton)
I find that an ex-soldier has been employed, with short breaks in his service, on full telegraph duties at Hull from 19th April, 1909, to the 12th ultimo. His pay, namely, 25s. a week, is that usually granted to male season assistants, to whom the rates recommended by the Parliamentary Committee do not apply. I am inquiring as to the circumstances in which he was for so long employed in a temporary capacity.