HC Deb 04 March 1887 vol 311 c1268
MR. PICKERSGILL (Bethnal Green, S.W.)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether it has been the practice to appoint medical officers attached to post offices upon the recommendation of the Secretary to the Post Office; and, whether, in some instances recently, the Postmaster General has set aside the Secretary's recommendations in favour of persons nominated to him through other than official channels?

THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)

The practice, as I understand, has been to submit to the Postmaster General the names of several medical gentlemen recommended by the local officers, and one of these gentlemen has usually been formally recommended by the Secretary. But the Postmaster General has always exercised his own judgment in making the appointment. There is no ground for suggesting that the Secretary's recommendation has been slighted in any case where I have made an appointment upon other local information.