§ Mr. Leslie
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that certain postmistresses in the Shetland Isles receive as remuneration the sum of 22s. 6d. per week for work which entails the sale of stamps, postal orders, and money orders, savings bank and saving certificates business, the payment of pensions, the issuing of dog and gun licences, the 1548W reception and despatch of telegrams and answering the telephone day and night; and will he consider raising the remuneration of these postmistresses?
§ Major Tryon
I would refer the hon. Member to my reply to the question of the hon. Member for Willesden, West (Mr. Viant) on 17th February, 1938. The remuneration of sub-postmasters and sub-postmistresses in the Shetland Islands, in common with that of some 23,000 such employés throughout the United Kingdom, rests upon an agreement with the National Federation of Sub-Postmasters; and I am aware of no grounds for according exceptional treatment to sub-postmistresses in the Shetland Islands.