Mr Ernest Bennett: Since I have been at the Post Office, and for a long time past, we have had no complaints what ever from the men who were concerned with the working of the Fair Wages Clause, from the Joint Industrial Council, or from anyone else. The situation will continue as long as the Resolution stands and we are obliged to carry it out.
Mr Ernest Bennett: It was certainly brought before the notice of the Labour Government.
Mr Ernest Bennett: All contracts for the Post Office service include a clause embodying the Fair Wages Resolution of the House of Commons. In accordance with this clause where a rate of wages fixed by a National Joint Industrial Council is commonly recognised by employers and trade societies in the trade in the district where the work is carried out the contractor is bound by the terms of his contract to pay...
Mr Ernest Bennett: In adhering to the terms of the Fair Wages Resolution we have been following the precedents set by every Government since 1910, including the last Labour Government.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I understand that this advisory council has been appointed by the British Broadcasting Corporation, in accordance with the provisions of Clause 9 of their Charter, to advise them on matters of policy.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I have already had full inquiry made into this matter. It appears that no agreement governing wages is recognised by cooperage firms in the Potteries and that Messrs. Corbett Goodwin, Limited, pay their coopers rates of wages not less favourable than those prevailing amongst good employers in the industry in the district. As, therefore, the conditions of the fair wages clause in their...
Mr Ernest Bennett: Not at all. Where there is a. national wage rate and it is recognised in a district, it is binding on Post Office contractors, but where a national rate is not recognised in a district the Post Office is guided by the action of good employers in the district.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I will consider that.
Mr Ernest Bennett: No, Sir.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The vans cannot, of course, exceed the speed limits laid down by law.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The Television Advisory Committee is considering the question of the location of the television station which it is proposed to establish in London, but has not yet submitted a report on the subject. It is not yet possible to make any announcement concerning the date of opening of the new service.
Mr Ernest Bennett: I am inquiring into the matter and will write to my hon. Friend.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Persons under 21 years of age are not permitted to drive official mail vans if suitable men above that age are available. The mail van contractors in London do not employ drivers under 21. Contractors outside London have the right to employ drivers over 19 years of age, but I have no information whether any such drivers under 21 are employed.
Mr Ernest Bennett: As my right hon. Friend stated in his answer to my hon. Friend's question of the 25th of February, the change was made as part of a general policy, and he regrets there- fore that he cannot alter the decision, which was only arrived at after careful consideration.
Mr Ernest Bennett: All the facts of the case have been taken into consideration.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The change, which greatly improved the postal service, has been fully justified; but if my hon. Friend has any complaint, I shall be glad to make inquiry.
Mr Ernest Bennett: The latest figures show an increase of about 20 per cent, in long distance trunk calls compared with the period immediately preceding the reduction in rates.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Flying services operating every week day in both directions are in regular use for the carriage of all first class mail (letters and postcards) which will thereby be accelerated, on the following routes: London—Liverpool—Belfast—Glasgow.Liverpool—Isle of Man.Inverness—Wick—Kirkwall. So far as the future is concerned, I am prepared as hitherto to consider, subject to the...
Mr Ernest Bennett: That is under discussion.
Mr Ernest Bennett: Sub-postmasters benefited from July last to the extent of about £50,000 per annum by the pay consolidation scheme which was then put in operation, and this amount will be increased to £100,000 per annum, if and when the emergency reductions of 1931 are fully restored. The question of further improvement of the pay of sub-postmasters is at present under examination in relation to claims by...