Post Office Savings Bank.

Oral Answers to Questions — Government Departments. – in the House of Commons on 10th July 1922.

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Photo of Sir Herbert Nield Sir Herbert Nield , Ealing

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asked the Postmaster-General (1) what is the total number of temporary female clerks employed in the Savings Bank Department, West Kensington, including the South Kensington branch; and how many of these women are employed upon women's work;

(2) what is the total number of temporary male clerks employed in the Savings Bank Department; and whether a number of these men have completed three years' service in the Department without the possibility of promotion, and will he approach the Treasury with a view to the creation of unestablished posts for all efficient ex-service men employed in this Department;

(3) what is the total number of ex-service men appointed to the Post Office Savings Bank from the special clerical class competition: how many of these men who have reached the officially recognised marrying age, namely, 24 years, are receiving a salary of £30 per annum basic; and will he give the total number of clerical officers of 21 years of age and under who have entered the Savings Bank Department through channels other than the special examination for ex-service men who are in receipt of more than £80 per annum basic salary?

Photo of Mr Frederick Kellaway Mr Frederick Kellaway , Bedford

I am having inquiry made regarding the three questions asked by the hon. Member, and will communicate the desired information to him later.

Photo of Sir Herbert Nield Sir Herbert Nield , Ealing

Will my right hon. Friend do that in the course of a few days'?

Photo of Mr Frederick Kellaway Mr Frederick Kellaway , Bedford

Perhaps my hon. Friend will put down a question.

Sir F. HALL:

Is it not a fact that some of these ex-service men—men 24 years of age—who have passed examinations are only getting £80 a year, the rate of wages of which a clerk starts in the ordinary course, and does he think that fair to these men?

Photo of Mr Frederick Kellaway Mr Frederick Kellaway , Bedford

I would rather wait until I have the information for which I asked before answering that question.