HC Deb 14 March 1956 vol 550 cc364-5
6. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Postmaster-General by what number the Post Office staff now falls short of its full establishment; and what steps are being taken to recruit additional workers.

Mr. Alport

Approximately 7,300. Of these more than half are day-to-day vacancies in course of being filled. The steps being taken include the improvement of existing recruiting procedure and publicity and in all areas close liaison with employment and educational authorities.

Sir F. Medlicolt

Can my hon. Friend say, even approximately, what proportion of the total staff of the Post Office is engaged in handling mail connected with football coupons?

Mr. Alport

Not without notice.

Mr. W. R. Williams

Would it not be true to say that the relatively low wages paid in the Post Office and the awkward times of attendance are the main factors contributing to the lack of recruits to this service?

Mr. Alport

I cannot agree with the submission of the hon. Gentleman. He will remember that recently we have increased Post Office wages by a substantial figure.