HC Deb 14 November 1939 vol 353 c543
67. Mr. Noel-Baker

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether his consultations with the Postmaster-General have been successful in finding part-time employment for the waiters and kitchen-staff now engaged on three days a week in the Houses of Parliament in order that they may thus be enabled to earn a living wage?

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Captain Waterhouse)

I have been asked to reply. I regret that at present there is no opportunity of offering part-time employment in the Post Office to these men during the intermittent periods when they would be available. A note has, however, been made of their names in case any opportunity should occur in the future.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that owing to short time due to the reduced presence of Members, many of these men are not taking home at the end of the week sufficient to keep their wives and families; and will he consult the Financial Secretary to the Treasury and other persons responsible in order to make some arrangement whereby a decent living wage can be paid to them?

Captain Waterhouse

My responsibility is for postal employment, but I will consult with my right hon. Friend.

Sir T. Moore

Are not these people paid a full week's wage irrespective of the sittings of the House?

Hon. Members