§ Mr. BRODIE
asked the Postmaster-General what is the average percentage of their wages paid in rent by postmen in rural districts divided roughly into North, South, and West of England, the Eastern Counties, the Midlands, and Wales; what cottage accommodation is generally available; and whether he will consider the advisability of providing cottages for post- 100W men, as is done by railway companies and other large employers of labour?
§ Mr. BUXTON
I regret I am not in possession of the information desired by the hon. Member. I would point out that the salaries paid to postmen in different localities vary to some extent in accordance with the cost of living; and that in the cost of living rents are an important element. The existing system works satisfactorily, and I do not think the provision of official cottages is required.