§ MR. STEADMAN (Tower Hamlets, Stepney)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, if he will explain on what grounds Postman Langston, of Richmond, who entered the service as a telegraph messenger, has had withheld from him an established appointment, several ex-Army men having been appointed over his head?
§ MR. HANBURY
The delay which has occurred in appointing C. E. Langston has been due to the fact that he was in the first instance pronounced unfit for the service, owing to the weak state of his heart, by the medical officer who examined him. The Civil Service Commissioners ultimately decided to issue a, certificate in his case, but in the meantime several appointments as postmen at Richmond had fallen vacant, and been filled by other candidates.