HC Deb 31 July 1919 vol 118 cc2260-1

asked the Postmaster-General if he is aware of the injustice being done to the men who volunteered for service in the War from his Department in consequence of the age limit of thirty-five years placed upon recommendations for vacancies in the administrative, supervisory, financial, and inspectorial sections of the Post Office; and whether he can take into account the time spent in the service by men who have now attained the age of thirty-five years?

The POSTMASTER-GENERAL (Mr. Illingworth)

The appointments referred to are not in the Post Office, but in other Government Departments, and are understood to be in subordinate grades. I think the younger members of the staff are more likely to adapt themselves satisfactorily to new conditions; and I am moreover bound to take into account the length of service which a candidate is likely to render in a new Department. I do not think it expedient to raise the age limit.