HC Deb 13 December 1888 vol 332 c83
MR. D. SULLIVAN(for Mr. MAURICE HEALY) (Cork) (Westmeath S.)

asked the Postmaster General, Whether it is the practice in the Cork Post Office to dismiss telegraph messengers on reaching the age of 19 years; whether this is done even in the case of youths who have served faithfully and efficiently for five or six years, while at the same time outsiders frequently get employment to which it would be possible to promote youths who have become too old to serve as telegraph messengers; and, whether no means exist whereby the grievance pointed out could be prevented?

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

, in reply, said: The services of telegraph messengers at Cork are not dispensed with on their attaining the age of 19 unless there are no vacant situations to which they can be appointed. Preference is given to telegraph messengers over outsiders, provided they are qualified.