52. Mr. POINTER
asked whether, in view of the stagnation of promotion throughout the postal and telegraph services, he will favourably consider the desirability of restricting the retention of the postmaster and the assistant post master of Leeds beyond the age of sixty years?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
It is not the practice to enforce retirement at sixty years of age if an officer is thoroughly efficient, and his retention is in the interests of the service. In no case is retirement insisted on merely for the purpose of accelerating promotion. I may add that the postmaster and assistant postmaster at Leeds are both thoroughly efficient.