§ 43. Mr. H. STEWART
asked the Postmaster-General whether he proposes to use any part of the increasing surplus of the Post Office to provide better pay and improved conditions of service to sub-postmasters, especially to those in rural areas?
§ The ASSISTANT POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Sir Ernest Bennett)
Sub-postmasters benefited from July last to the extent of about £50,000 per annum by the pay consolidation scheme which was then put in operation, and this amount will be increased to £100,000 per annum, if and when the emergency reductions of 1931 are fully restored. The question of further improvement of the pay of sub-postmasters is at present under examination in relation to claims by the Sub-Postmasters' Federation.
§ Mr. STEWART
In addition to the pay, will my hon. Friend consider the conditions under which these men have to work, especially in view of their quite heavy responsibilities?
§ Sir E. BENNETT
Obviously, those matters will be dealt with in the examination that is taking place.