§ MR. WILKIE (Dundee)
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that Mr. Jackson Smith, postman at Dundee, passed the examination for sorting clerk in July, 1904, and is informed that there is no likelihood of gaining any benefit by this for a very considerable period; and whether he will 312 take steps to grant Mr. Smith an early appointment.
§ THE POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Sydney Buxton, Tower Hamlets, Poplar)
I regret to say that, owing to falling off in telegraph business, there has been a redundancy of staff at Dundee, and it has not yet been possible to provide Jackson Smith with an appointment at that office, nor is there any prospect of providing him with one at an early date. He can, however, be given an immediate appointment at Edinburgh, but this, I understand, he will not accept. I cannot, of course, create additional appointments for sorting clerks and telegraphists at Dundee which ate not warranted by the work of that office in order to provide for a particular officer.