HC Deb 26 March 1914 vol 60 c550

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that postmistresses in small shops in country districts are obliged by the law to close their shops for a weekly half-holiday, but that no half-holiday is given by the Post Office to the postmistresses themselves unless they supply a substitute on payment; and whether, in view of the incessant nature of their work and their financial means, he can see his way to assist them financially to provide a substitute?

Captain NORTON

As far as possible Post Office business is suspended on the early closing day in country districts; and if the Noble Lord will let me have particulars of any individual case he may have in mind. I will inquire into the circumstances. But I cannot undertake to give financial assistance in any such case.