HC Deb 22 May 1939 vol 347 cc1904-5
33. Mr. R. C. Morrison

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that temporary postman G. T. Lane, of Summerhill Road, Tottenham, was called up as an Army reservist of the Wilts Regiment for training at Catterick Camp from 1st May; that during his training he received a communication informing him that he was discharged from his employment as from 5th May on grounds of physical health and requesting him to return his uniform; and, in view of the fact that since his last examination by the Post Office medical officer Lane has completed a strenuous period of training at Catterick without complaint by the Army authorities, will he arrange to have this man reinstated in the postal service?

Major Tryon

Mr. Lane was first employed in September, 1938, as a temporary postman. His appointment to the establishment was deferred for three months for unsatisfactory conduct, during which period he incurred a prolonged and somewhat unsatisfactory period of sick absence. The evidence afforded by this sick absence and the subsequent special medical examination indicated that he was unsuitable for an established pensionable post as a postman. He is, however, being given an opportunity to submit further medical evidence on his own behalf, but a considerable improvement in his conduct record would also be necessary before his establishment could be considered.

Mr. Morrison

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that there was no notification given to Mr. Lane, except that on the ground of physical health he was unfitted to be a temporary postman; that since that time he has been called up as an Army Reservist and gone through his training at Catterick to the satisfaction of the Army authorities, can he be reexamined and given another opportunity?

Major Tryon

If the hon. Member reads the answer he will see that we are giving him an opportunity to submit further medical evidence.