HC Deb 05 July 1907 vol 177 cc975-6

To ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that Peter Kelly, ex-telegraph messenger and auxiliary postman at Tullamore, applied for an established vacancy as postman in that town, and although he satisfactorily performed the duties for three months has now been informed that the post must be given to another man; and whether early steps will be taken to give Mr. Kelly an appointment.

(Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) As the hon. Member is aware, under an arrangement of many years standing made by the Government, one half of the vacancies for postmen are reserved for ex-soldiers or ex-sailors, the other half being given to Post Office servants. I regret that the appointment referred to cannot be given to Kelly, as it has been allotted to a soldier candidate under the ordinary rotation; but Kelly's case will be reconsidered when a vacancy due to a Post Office servant occurs at Tullamore.