HC Deb 03 August 1891 vol 356 cc1118-9
MR. FLYNN (Cork, N.)

I bog to ask the Postmaster General, in reference to the subject of transfers in the Post Office, whether members of the unestablished staff are admissible to the established staff by competition, or otherwise; and, if so, are examinations open to all Post Office servants; are members of the unestablished staff entitled to promotion and increase of salary; and if there is any remuneration allowed for the sale of Inland Revenue stamps?

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

The adult unestablished staff of the Post Office consists almost entirely of persons who do not give their whole time to the Department, or of persons who are ineligible, on the score of age or health, for established appointment. The few unestablished persons who do not come within either of these categories, as also the large class of boy messengers employed in the London postal service, are eligible, under such conditions as may be prescribed, for employment in the established force without competition when opportunity arises, subject in every case to their obtaining the necessary certificate of qualification from the Civil Service Commissioners. Members of the unestablished staff are not entitled to promotion, and do not receive a rising scale of wages. Officers of the Post Office are remunerated for their work in selling Inland Revenue and other stamps by an additional allowance, the amount of work so performed being taken into account when their salaries are fixed.