HC Deb 29 May 1934 vol 290 cc18-9
30. Mr. GROVES

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that G. H. Page, of the Eastern District office, has been dismissed after 20 years' service owing to his participation in football coupon betting, and that the authorities have declined to give the man a testimonial as to his general character and activities; and whether he will review the case and, as the man has to support a wife and five children, give him a further chance?


I am aware of the circumstances of this case. Mr. Page was dismissed for dishonest conduct and betting. I regret that it is not possible to offer Mr. Page further employment in the Post Office, or to furnish him with a clear certificate of character.


In view of the fact that the Government do not propose to include football coupon betting in their Betting Bill and to make it illegal, can the case be reconsidered?


Mr. Page was dismissed for dishonest conduct as well as betting. Every postal officer knows perfectly well that betting is prohibited.