§ MR. T. M. HEALY (Longford, N.)
asked the Postmaster General, with re- 1067 gard to the promotion of a second-class sorter over 28 seniors in Dublin, If the particular duty to be provided for was that of "time-keeper," officially called "book officer;" were any of the 28 second-class sorters who were passed over tested as to their qualifications; if not, how was it ascertained that not one of the second-class sorters senior to the one promoted was fully qualified; and, will he investigate this matter, and give an order to have some of the 28 seniors tested, and, at the same time, see that they suffer no annoyance at the hands of the persons who recommended the promoted officer?
§ THE POSTMASTER GENERAL (Mr. RAIKES) (Cambridge University)
I have inquired into the matter since the hon. Gentleman put his Question, and I find that he is quite right in saying that on a recent date 28 second-class sorters have been passed over. The particular duty to be provided for was that of "book officer." Of these 28 sorters not one was tested as to his qualifications for the post. When the post became vacant, candidates were invited to offer themselves; and of those who responded to the invitation the officer who was promoted was the senior. The others, though urged to come forward and try the duty, declined. I think the hon. Gentleman will see, under those circumstances, that the matter scarcely requires further investigation.
§ MR. T. M. HEALY
But if at any time there is any suspicion that politics and religion enter into these questions of promotion, will the right hon. Gentleman give such cases his special attention?
§ MR. RAIKES
Yes. I am always anxious to give special attention to any case to which my attention may be called.