HC Deb 19 November 1919 vol 121 c955W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether the men who have been working under the Pelham Committee are being reinstated in the Post Office at wages which do not permit of a reasonable existence; whether the regulation lays it down that a man must be reinstated with the pay of a temporary employé subject to the condition that the pay as a temporary employé must not exceed the amount received at the date of exemption; whether many of these men are being offered 28s. per week, including war bonus, a figure upon which life cannot be sustained; and whether he will carefully reconsider the decision with a view to arriving at a more equitable state of affairs?


My right hon. Friend has asked me to answer this question. The conditions, including rates of pay, on which conscientious objectors may resume duty in the Post Office have been fixed by the Government, and I am not in a position to modify them. So far as I am aware, no man's remuneration has been fixed as low as 28s. for a full-time duty, but if the hon. Member will give me particulars of the case he has in mind I will make inquiry.