Oral Answers to Questions — Sub-Postmasters' Clerks (Wages)

– in the House of Commons on 17th November 1942.

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Photo of Mr William Craven-Ellis Mr William Craven-Ellis , Southampton

asked the Postmaster-General whether there is a regulation fixing the wages paid to clerks employed by sub-postmasters; and what is fixed as adequate pay for a woman clerk who has the full responsibility and undertakes all the duties for which the sub-postmaster is responsible?

Photo of Mr Robert Grimston Mr Robert Grimston , Westbury

There is no regulation fixing the wages of clerks employed by sub-postmasters. This is a matter for arrangement between the sub-postmaster and his employees, but the Department's rules prescribe that their conditions of service should not be less favourable than those of shop assistants of the same standing in the service of good employers in the same district; and so long as this rule is complied with, the Post Office does not intervene. If my hon. Friend has any particular case in mind, I shall be happy to look into it.

Photo of Mr William Craven-Ellis Mr William Craven-Ellis , Southampton

Would my hon. Friend consider that £2 a week is sufficient for the exceptional duties that this woman performs?

Photo of Mr Robert Grimston Mr Robert Grimston , Westbury

I shall be very glad to look into any case that my hon. Friend brings to my notice.