HC Deb 10 May 1927 vol 206 cc217-8W
Viscount SANDON

asked the Postmaster-General whether night telephonists get an uninterrupted meal relief and if accommodation is provided for rest; and, if not, whether he will take steps to provide these?


In a large number of cases night telephonists have a scheduled meal relief on all-night attendances. In other cases a meal relief could not be scheduled without bringing a relief officer on duty for a short period at an unreasonable hour, but the calls during certain hours of the night are so infrequent that in practice the men can take meals without difficulty. It is not considered necessary to provide special accommodation for rest, as night tele- phonists are paid for wakeful attention, and their weekly attendance is only 45 hours.