HC Deb 03 August 1909 vol 8 cc1827-8W

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that in connection with the postal telegraph service of Sutherland 10 men were recently paid off, two of whom were entitled to their holidays; that there was an abundance of work; and that men were brought from Carlisle, Darlington, and Newcastle to take their places; and, if so, and in view of the number of unemployed in the town, whether he will consider the possibility of arranging for these men being retained in the service?


The Northern Engineering District is necessarily treated as a whole, and Sutherland only forms a small portion of the district. The decrease in the amount of trunk and other engineering has lately, unfortunately, necessitated the discharge of a number of men in the district. Care was taken to discharge first the less skilled labourers and, as far as practicable, those with the least period of service. I regret that work cannot at present be found for the men discharged. The oversight in respect to annual leave has been rectified.