§ Lord H. CAVENDISH-BENTINCK
asked the Postmaster-General what steps he is taking to replace girl telegraph messengers by boys; how many girls are at present engaged in this work; what prospects are there of them being absorbed into other branches of the service as they grow older; and what educational facilities is he providing for them?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
It is the intention, during the next four years, gradually to replace by boys the girl telegraph messengers who were engaged as a temporary war measure. Approximately, 6,500 girls are at present employed. No prospects of permanent employment can be held out, but girls who are suitable will be considered, if they so desire, for appointment as telephonists, so far as vacancies allow. The girls are encouraged to attend such local educational classes as are available.