§ Mr. ROSE
asked the Postmaster-General whether he has any control over the wages to sub-office assistants employed in the area controlled by the Aberdeen postmaster; whether he is aware that the majority of the assistants receive sums of less than 30s. per week; and whether, having regard to this serious state of affairs, he will take immediate steps to investigate the whole question?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
Particulars of the rates of pay of assistants employed on Post Office duties are furnished by sub-postmasters; and these are subject 677W to periodical verification by the local postmaster, whose duty it is to see that the wages and conditions of service do not fall below the standard for shop assistants in the service of good employers in the same district. I have no reason to think that that standard is not applied in the Aberdeen area.