HC Deb 28 May 1897 vol 49 cc1521-2

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster General, what were the grounds for the dismissal of Rural Messenger Corley, of Emyvale, who discharged the duties of letter-carrier between Emyvale and Mullan for a period of four years without a single complaint having been made against him; and will employment be found for him when the staff of rural messengers is being increased?


It can scarcely be said that the man was dismissed. When the situation was recently converted into an established appointment, imperfect information respecting Curley was furnished, and this led to another person being selected. I have made inquiries and find that the imperfect information respecting Curley (not Corley) was owing to his being thought to be another man who had only one leg. But upon fuller information being forthcoming, steps were taken to reverse the decision, and Curley, who was placed on the duty on Monday the 24th instant, will be appointed if he can obtain the necessary Civil Service certificate.