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Women Clerks, Edinburgh (Efficiency Bar)

Volume 154: debated on Tuesday 23 May 1922

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asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the fact that the authorities in Edinburgh post office have stated that they have considered the passing of the Efficiency Bar for women clerks in the nature of a promotion, in direct contradiction to the answer of the Financial Secretary in this House on 31st October, he will reconsider the cases of the 11 women clerks stopped at the bar under this misinterpretation, especially as it is generally recognised that the work of the Edinburgh office is of a very high standard?

I would refer the hon. Member to the answers which I gave on the 13th and 20th February to questions by the hon. and gallant Member for Leith (Captain W. Benn), and the hon. Member for Edinburgh Central (Mr. W. Graham). I am not aware that any statement has been made by the Post Office authorities in Edinburgh that the passing of the Efficiency Bar for women clerks is in the nature of a promotion.