HC Deb 17 May 1950 vol 475 cc1184-5
7. Mr. Marples

asked the Postmaster-General when engaging postmen what preference he gives to ex-Service men; and how many non-Regular ex-Service men he has engaged during the 12 months ended 31st March, 1950.

Mr. Ness Edwards

When engaging outside candidates for permanent appointment as postmen, preference is given first to ex-Regulars and then to non-Regular ex-Service men. In 1949, of the 10,147 postmen appointed, 8,764 were ex-Service men, 6,806 being non-Regulars.

Mr. Marples

Will the right hon. Gentleman give sympathetic consideration to the claims of ex-Regular service men who are extremely discouraged by the difficulty of obtaining appointments, and at being discharged when they get appointments because they are not established?

Mr. Ness Edwards

They will be given first preference.

Lieut.-Commander Gurney Braithwaite

Is the Minister satisfied that these men, at the time of engagement, always understand the difference between establishment and temporary employment.

Mr. Ness Edwards

I think all the circumstances of employment are indicated to them, and that they clearly understand them.

Brigadier Prior-Palmer

What is the maximum age limit at which ex-Service men receive employment in the Post Office?

Mr. Ness Edwards

I should like to see that question on the Order Paper.