Mr Ernest Bennett: The payments in question are small, and I gather that hon. Members generally prefer not to be troubled with the account more than once a year. If, however, any hon. Member would like his account rendered quarterly, I shall be happy to arrange for this to be done.
Mr Ernest Bennett: This scarcely arises out of the question on the Paper.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am making inquiry into this suggestion and will communicate the result to my hon. Friend in due course.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Nine employés in the Liverpool Post Office applied under the terms of the circular and seven of the applications were granted. Two have been refused because retirement could not be justified on financial grounds.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Eleven ex-women clerks who left the Savings Bank Department on marriage have recently been engaged to meet a need in that Department caused by temporary difficulties of recruitment. They are being paid on the standard scales of pay for temporary women clerks, beginning at 45s. ld. or 43s. ld. a week according to the importance of the work. Arrangements are in hand with a view to the promotion...
Mr Ernest Bennett: No, Sir.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am aware of the fact mentioned by the hon. Member, but the new post office was asked for by the urban district council and the site was approved by them.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The figures of business done at the Edmonton Green Post Office are not available in the form requested and their preparation would involve considerable work which I fear could not be justified. It is not practicable to isolate the working of a particular post office from postal business generally for the purpose of determining whether it yields a profit.
Mr Ernest Bennett: No, I am afraid I have no information on that point.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I would suggest that the hon. Member should communicate with the secretary of the committee on the matter.
Mr Ernest Bennett: That I am afraid I cannot undertake, but there is a Committee dealing with these matters and they have intimated their willingness to receive recommendations up to 31st May.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I much regret to say that a sorter was taken ill and died while on holiday. At the inquest the Coroner found that death was due to anthrax but that there was no evidence as to how the deceased had become infected. The deceased's duties did not bring him into contact with any likely source of anthrax, and there would seem no good reason to attribute his death to his employment. A claim for...
Mr Ernest Bennett: He was on holiday.
Mr Ernest Bennett: That is a rather big order for me; but I can assure both the hon. Members who have taken an interest in this sad case that it is by no means closed.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The London Mid land and Scottish Railway Company found it necessary to suspend this passenger train service because the line was unsafe. The question of providing a more satisfactory alternative service is under discussion with the company.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am sorry if I was inaudible. I have stated that the matter is under discussion with the company.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The matter is under consideration and I will write to the hon. Member.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The particulars quoted in the earlier part of this question are, I believe, substantially correct. I am not in a position, for reasons which I have already explained at some length, to give a general undertaking of the kind suggested by the hon. Member.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I have nothing to add to my answer.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Yes, Sir.