§ MR. ALLAN (Gateshead)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, what is the amount of salary paid to the electrician-in-chief to the Post Office; and whether he is allowed to do other work for electric or telephone companies?
§ MR. HANBURY
The salary of the engineer-in-chief and electrician to the Post Office is £1,200 a year. Mr. Preece also receives varying sums every year for services rendered to the Colonies. Mr. Preece is not allowed to do other work for electric or telephone companies. There are a few municipalities which were obtaining advice from Mr. Preece on their electrical undertakings before he became engineer-in-chief, and they have been allowed to continue to consult him in regard to these works, but Mr. Preece has not entered into any fresh engagements of the kind.
§ CAPTAIN NORTON (Newington, W.)
Arising out of that Question, may I ask does the right honourable Gentleman consider it conducive to the good of the public service that this official should—