HC Deb 28 June 1909 vol 7 c10

asked the Postmaster-General whether Mr. Andrew Murray, who represented the adult night messengers before the Select Committee, has been declared ineligible for an established appointment; whether he is aware that the Select Committee, having obtained details of Mr. Murray's service in the Customs Department, were of opinion that he was eligible for an established appointment, as, in the opinion of the Committee, all full-time adult messengers with five years' service were to receive established appointments; and whether, in view of these facts, he will now consider the advisability of carrying out the Committee's decision by granting Mr. Murray an established appointment?


The Select Committee did not express any opinion as to Mr. Murray's eligibility for an established appointment. Their recommendation was that those full-time adult night messengers who have been employed for five years and can obtain a Civil Service Certificate should be placed on the establishment. As Mr. Murray was over the maximum age limit when first employed as an adult night messenger in the Post Office, he is unable to obtain a Civil Service Certificate, and I regret, therefore, that he cannot be placed on the establishment.


Can the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that Mr. Murray will not be penalised because he gave evidence before the Select Committee?


I can give that assurance in full.