HC Deb 16 December 1912 vol 45 cc1129-30W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that 10s. 6d. a week was paid for an auxiliary postman's duty at Falstone, Northumberland; that, on a vacancy occurring, the payment was cut down to 6s. 6d.; and that, on the auxiliary appointed to the post protesting that he could not do the work for that sum, his services were dispensed with and a relative of the postmaster of Hexham was appointed at a wage of 9s. a week; and whether he will offer this sum to the auxiliary whose services were dispensed with because he would not work for 6s. 6d.?


I am aware of the circumstances, except that I have no information whether the person at present employed is a relative of the postmaster of Hexham. The standard pay for the duty in question, which is a part-time duty on three days a week, is 6s. 6d. a week, and I cannot dispense with the services of a person who is performing it for 9s. a week in favour of a person who declined to do it for less than 10s. 6d. a week.