§ Major ARCHER-SHEE
asked the Postmaster-General how many appointments as established postmen and porters have been made since the arrangement was made in 1897, under which half the places were to be offered to ex-service men; and what number of these appointments have been given to ex-service men?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
I am unable without much research to give the figures for as much as fourteen years: Great care is taken to assign to ex-soldiers or ex-sailors half the vacancies as postman or porter. In the calendar year 1909 ex-service candidates received 1,223 out of 2,598 vacancies, and in the calendar year 1910, 1,366 out of 2,587 vacancies; or taking the two years together, 2,589 out of 5,185 vacancies.