§ SIR SAMUEL SCOTT (Marylebone, W.)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General if the Post Office are prepared to retain in their employment at the Post Office those boys who would in the ordinary course be discharged at the age of sixteen, until the age of eighteen, if they are willing to enlist in the Regular Army; and whether the Post Office will guarantee that on discharge from the colours, physically fit and with a good character, re-employment in the Post Office will be found for those thus enlisted.
§ Captain NORTON (for Mr. Sydney Buxton)
If a scheme of the kind suggested by the hon. Member could be devised, which would be purely voluntary and free from the objections attending former schemes of the same kind, it would assist in solving the problem of the further employment of telegraph messengers. My right hon. friend is not, 493 however, at present prepared to put forward such a scheme.
§ SIR SAMUEL SCOTT
inquired if Mr. A. H. Norton, an official of the Post Office, who gave evidence before the Committee on Employment for ex-Soldiers, spoke for himself or for the Post Office.