§ Mr. BUCHANAN(for Mr. WALLACE,) Edinburgh, E.
I beg to ask the Postmaster General whether he is aware that the age of the officer in the sorting department of the Edinburgh post office, who retired at the end of last year after 49 years' service, and ten days afterwards resumed duty, was at the date in question considerably beyond 65 years; and if he will explain on what grounds it is held that this officer is not subject to the operation of the Order in Council of the 15th August 1890, by which it is ordered that "retirement shall be compulsory for every officer on attaining 65 years of age?"
§ BARON H. DE WORMS (for Sir JAMES FERGUSSON)
I have been asked to answer this question on behalf of my right hon. Friend, who has just gone to see a deputation. The words quoted from the Order in Council appear in Section 10. But this section, like every other, is controlled by Section 1, which provides that the Order shall apply only to Civil servants drawing salaries or placed on scales of salary 515 in excess of those of the second division. The officer in Question was outside this condition.