HC Deb 20 November 1946 vol 430 cc825-6
1. Mr. Skinnard

asked the Assistant Postmaster-General whether, after the revision of duties due to take place on 15th January, 1947, it is intended to continue the employment of temporary full-time sorters who have been employed at the G.P.O. at Mount Pleasant since the beginning of the war.

The Assistant Postmaster-General (Mr. Burke)

The temporary full-time sorters will become redundant when the work performed by them is taken over by permanent established staff early next year; and they will then be discharged in accordance with general arrangements agreed with the staff representatives for the discharge of redundant temporary staff. Temporary sorters who are ex-Servicemen and otherwise eligible for permanent employment as postmen may register for such employment with the appropriate authority and will be considered in their turn with other ex-Servicemen under normal recruitment procedure.

Mr. Skinnard

In view of the fact that most of the men concerned are elderly and many of them are veterans from the first world war and are therefore unlikely easily to find new employment, will the Minister facilitate re-engagement in another capacity in as many cases as possible?

Mr. Burke

If they are ex-Servicemen and come within the age limits, they will be given their chance of re-engagement.

Mr. Ronald Chamberlain

Will the hon. Gentleman consider cushioning their fall by not doing this thing so suddenly, in view of the difficult circumstances in which many of my constituents will be placed?

Mr. Burke

It will take some time for the scheme to be put into operation.