HC Deb 04 February 1942 vol 377 cc1170-1
27. Mr. Viant

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that a fire-watcher at the Ludgate Circus branch post office was, on 15th January, summoned at the Mansion House for leaving his post of duty; that the summons was dismissed because the department had made no provision for a meal for this fire-watcher; and will he issue the necessary instructions to ensure that reasonable and proper facilities are provided for those engaged on such duties?

Mr. W. S. Morrison

The fire watcher referred to was employed by the Post Office as a full-time paid watcher under a co-operative scheme for the protection of the premises in which the Ludgate Circus post office and other businesses are accommodated. Sleeping accommodation, bedding, and other amenities prescribed under the Fire Prevention Business Premises Order No. 2 were available to this man and, in accordance with normal Post Office practice, cooking facilities were also provided.