§ Mr. Bossom
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that, since the introduction of the 44-hour week for telephone workers, only in cases of special emergency will telephone troubles he attended to during the weekend, all other repairs being ignored from midday on Saturday to Monday morning; and what instructions he proposes to give to deal with the situation.
§ Mr. Wilfred Paling
From midday on Saturday to Monday morning, attendance 119W to faulty subscribers' lines is generally restricted to those concerned with safety of life or essential maintenance of important public utilities. In addition, local controlling officers are empowered to arrange for immediate repair in other cases of real urgency. These arrangements are not an innovation following the introduction of the 44-hour week for engineering workmen, but have been in force for many years.