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Telegraphists' Holidays

Volume 32: debated on Monday 8 April 1895

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I beg to ask the Postmaster General, whether it is customary at the Central Telegraph Office to grant to Telegraphists an extra day's leave of absence when a Bank Holiday coincides with the first day of their annual leave; whether, when a Bank Holiday does not coincide with first day, but does coincide with a subsequent day of their annual leave, it is the practice to withhold an additional day's leave of absence; and whether he will direct that in future an extra day's leave of absence be granted to Telegraphists when a Bank Holiday coincides with any day of their annual leave?

An extra day's leave in lieu of a Bank Holiday is only given when the annual leave commences or expires on such a holiday. It has not hitherto been the practice to grant an extra day when the holiday falls in the middle of an officer's leave, but I will make further enquiries into this question.