HC Deb 02 December 1920 vol 135 c1474W

asked the Postmaster-General whether the wages and conditions of service of shop assistants vary from trade to trade; whether he is prepared to adopt a standard rate for persons employed as sub-office assistants; and whether he will call upon the postmaster of Aberdeen to ascertain the wages which are being paid to sub-office assistants in his area in order that there may be no uncertainty as to the standard which is being applied?


There are no doubt variations as between trade and trade, but there are also variations between district and district which render it undesirable for the Post Office to fix a standard rate, especially as sub-office assistants are often employed part of their time in the Sub-Postmaster's private business. As indicated in the reply to the hon. Member's question on the 25th ultimo, Postmasters are already in possession of particulars of the rates paid in their districts.