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Staff Associations

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1951

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asked the Postmaster-General what progress has been made by the body appointed by him to advise him on the subject of claims for recognition by staff associations in the Post Office; how many meetings have been held; and when he expects its report.

I understand that the Committee is now receiving and considering evidence from the parties concerned. I am unable to say when the Committee will report.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether all the gentlemen referred to in the answer of 15th February have taken part in the proceedings?

I think there is a further Question on the Order Paper on that matter.

With great respect, Mr. Speaker, I asked if they had taken part in the proceedings. There is no Question about that.

If the hon. Gentleman waits until he hears the answer to a further Question on the Order Paper I am sure that he will be quite satisfied.


asked the Postmaster-General what changes have been made in the personnel of the committee appointed to inquire into recognition of Post Office staff associations.

There have been two changes in the Committee: Sir Maurice Holmes (Chairman) and the hon. Baronet the Member for Abingdon (Sir R. Glyn) have been succeeded by Lord Terrington (Chairman) and Sir John Smith Boyd.

Can the right hon. Gentleman say when this change took place and whether the two new members of the Committee have yet taken part in any of the sittings?

The two new members of the Committee have not yet taken part in the sittings. The Committee are endeavouring to arrange a meeting convenient for all members. The change of chairman took place last week and I think it is about three or four weeks ago that the other change took place.