I beg to ask the Postmaster General if he will equalise the scale of payment for town postmen in the provinces and Ireland in same degree as those for sorting clerks; and whether he will give an increase in wages to the postmen corresponding to that now being given to sorting clerks and telegraphists in Irish offices?
§ * THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES,) Cambridge University
No, Sir. It will not be practicable to proceed on the same lines as those indicated by the hon. Member. The organisation of the town postmen was settled not very long ago, and I do not feel justified in disturbing its general outline. The plan of organisation admits of adjustments in particular cases where necessary, and it is my intention to deal with the subject from that point of view.