§ Mr. BARNES
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that the canvassing staff on the Glasgow telephone service, who were taken over by the Post Office when the service was taken over from the Glasgow. Corporation, are now being transferred to the service of the National Telephone Company, although when the staff entered the Post Office service they were guaranteed conditions as favourable as those they enjoyed under the corporation; and whether there is any guarantee that the transfer now taking place will not endanger the security of the men's employment, but that they will be retained and retransferred to the Post Office when the Department takes over the National Telephone Company's service?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
Seven Post Office telephone canvassers, of whom four were formerly employed by the Glasgow Corporation, are being temporarily transferred to the service of the National Telephone Company, whose staff will carry out canvassing work for the Post Office in certain districts of Glasgow till the end of 564 1911. When the whole telephone system is taken over by the Post Office these men, provided their service has been satisfactory, will be retransferred to the Department on terms as favourable as those they would have enjoyed had they continued in the service of the corporation and the Post Office respectively.