HC Deb 26 June 1888 vol 327 c1270
MR. W. O'BRIEN (Cork Co., N.E.)

asked the Postmaster General, How long ago the last examination for female telegraph learners in Dublin was held, and how soon the next will be held; and, whether there is any foundation for the impression that the system of competitive examination by which these offices are distributed in England and Scotland has been, or will be, dispensed with in Ireland?

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

The last open competition for the situation of female telegraph learners in Dublin was held on March 4, 1885. Since that date vacancies have been filled by transfer from Provincial offices in Ireland, and there are still a small number of applicants for such transfer whose claims have to be considered; but, subject to such occasional exceptions, it is proposed to adhere to the rule to appoint by open competition.