§ MR. JOHN CAMPBELL
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he can state what system prevails in the Northern Postal District (Ireland) with reference to the selection of charge clerks for special duties; whether he is aware that one officer from Armagh has been selected on three different occasions within a limited period for duty at Donegal and Limavady; whether he can state how many charge clerks are listed in the Northern District, and if there was no competent officer to be found in Donegal or Derry.
§ MR. AUSTEN CHAMBERLAIN
The system is to select the most suitable officer for the purpose who can be spared from his other duties. I am aware that one officer from Armagh has been selected on several occasions, but I am assured that in each case he was at the time the only suitable officer in the Northern District who could be spared. Twenty-two officers in the district are listed to 128 act as clerks in charge—three of whom are attached to the Staff at Londonderry. No officer on the Donegal Staff is on the List.