HC Deb 19 November 1908 vol 196 cc1368-9

To ask the Postmaster General whether in the engagement of the extra stall for Christmas work, preference has been and will be given to men who are genuinely out of employment over those who are taking their holidays at that time or who are in receipt of a pension, seeing that many such persons have been employed in previous years.

(Answered by Mr. Sydney Buxton.) The instructions issued provide that preference should be given to men who are genuinely unemployed; a man on holiday would not be regarded as eligible. A small number of places in London are allotted to ex-Army men who are supplied by the chief recruiting staff officer; and inquiry is not made whether any of these men are in receipt of pensions or on furlough preparatory to leaving the Colours.