HC Deb 11 June 1917 vol 94 cc608-9
66. Sir J. SPEAR

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware that many young persons who entered the postal service as temporary hands with the intention to sit for competitive examination for permanent employment are disqualified from doing so because they have passed the maximum age of seventeen years; and, seeing the difficulty that has arisen because of the suspension of the examinations on account of the War and to meet such cases, will he temporarily raise the age limit or provide that the difficulty that has arisen should not prejudice such persons, if qualified, in their applications for the post of assistants in salaried post offices?


The maximum age limit for learner competitions is seventeen, but I am not aware that any young persons have entered the postal service for the purpose of sitting for these competitions, as they are open to outside candidates and no knowledge of Post Office work is required. The maximum age limited for the limited competitions amongst persons with a knowledge of telegraphy for positions as sorting clerk and telegraphist is twenty five.

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