HC Deb 18 May 1896 vol 40 cc1553-4

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, whether the position of male sorter at the General Post Office, Dublin, cannot be competed for without a nomination from the Comptroller of the sorting office; who conducts the examination for this position, and is the result of the examination published; whether it is the case that in London no nomination is required in order to compete for the same position, and that all persons within the limits of age are eligible to be examined, that the examination is held by the Civil Service Commissioners, and the result gazetted; what the reason for the difference between the London and the Dublin practice is; and, whether the Postmaster General will now abolish the system of nomination in Dublin?


The situation of sorter, or more correctly sorting clerk, at the General Post Office, Dublin, is filled on the nomination of the Secretary in Dublin, subject to a qualifying examination by the Civil Service Commissioners, which is published. A similar course is followed in every other town except London, where the situation of sorter is filled by means of competitions held by the Civil Service Commissioners, and the results of such competitions are gazetted. The question of extending the system of open competition to Dublin and other large towns is now undergoing consideration.