§ Captain TERRELL
asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been called to the handicap under which agriculturists suffered by the grant of the weekly half-holiday to postmen, to which there was no objection, without the provision of proper arrangements to carry on their work, to which there was objection; and what steps he proposes to take to reduce the disadvantages under which such residents suffer?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
It is not he practice to suspend any postal facilities in order to afford a weekly half-holiday to postmen without the concurrence of the local authority for the district, which is consulted as representing local public opinion. To obtain a regular substitute on one half day a week would, in many cases, be impossible, and if practicable in the aggregate would involve expenditure which the results would not justify; but if the hon. and gallant Member will give me particulars of any cases which he has in mind, I will have inquiry made.