§ MR. STEADMAN
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, whether the Order dated December 1896, directing that in future retirement from the Postal Service shall be compulsory at 60 years of age, provided the officer has completed 40 years of service, is being-carried out; and whether the Postmaster-General can state the reasons which have led to the retention of a number of telegraph officials employed in the Liverpool and London offices when that age and service have been exceeded?
§ MR. HANBURY
A notice was issued on the 20th of November 1896 respecting retirement of Post Office servants at the age of 60, and is being acted upon. The notice states that "all officers of 60 years of age, whose conduct is good, and who are certified by their superior officers as thoroughly efficient, shall be allowed to remain until they have completed 40 years of service, and, in special cases, till they have attained to the age of 65." The officers to whom the honourable Member refers come under these conditions.