§ Mr. SUTTON (on behalf of Mr. Clynes)
asked the Postmaster-General if the Assistant Controller of the East Central Section, General Post Office, has issued a notice stating that men are wanted as auxiliary sorters and postmen; if so, whether it is his intention to increase auxiliary labour at this office; and if he is aware that for more than a year past there have been several vacancies for auxiliary postmen in this section for which candidates cannot be found owing to the inadequate pay offered, namely, 7s. 6d. per week for five nights' work and no uniform supplied?
§ The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)
In accordance with the practice which has existed for some years past, a notice was recently exhibited inviting applications to fill a number of vacancies for auxiliary sorters and postmen. No increase of auxiliary labour in the Eastern Central Section was in question. Only one vacancy for an auxiliary postman has existed for a year. The difficulty in filling it was not due to the inadequacy of the pay but to certain restrictions which it is no longer thought necessary to impose.