HC Deb 25 March 1912 vol 36 cc9-10

asked the Postmaster-General on what grounds the refusal to allow copies of service journals to be placed in the rest rooms of the telephone exchanges in the General Post Office, South, is based; what considerations govern the selection of the literature supplied to these rooms, and who is responsible for the selection; and whether, in view of the importance to telephonists of the Report of the Medical Committee appointed to consider the conditions of working, he will also withdraw the refusal to allow copies of that Report to be placed in these rooms?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Herbert Samuel)

The room in question is intended, as its name suggests, to afford tired operators an opportunity of rest; and the responsible officer considered that neither the Report of the Medical Committee nor the "Telegraph Chronicle" would furnish reading suitable for such a purpose. This view was natural; but as it is usual to allow the operators considerable freedom of choice in the matter, I will direct the Report and periodical in question to be supplied to the rest room if the majority of the operators desire it.