§ Mr. SLOAN
asked the Postmaster-General what is the amount of the annual retiring allowance granted to the last pensioned ex-postmaster of Belfast; whether he is aware that within a few months subsequent to the date of his retirement from the Post Office service this ex-postal official received an appointment as assistant secretary and collector to a Belfast local charity at a salary reputed to be of the annual value of £150 per year; and whether, taking into consideration the severity of competition in civil life for such positions as those to which are attached salaries that would afford a respectable maintenance, he will, in conjunction with the Chancellor of the Exchequer, consider the advisability of introducing an instruction in connection with the new Superannuation Bill which will effectually safeguard the ordinary taxpayer from having to enter into competition for vacancies to which a living wage is attached with subsidised ex-members of the Post Office and Civil Service generally?1908W
§ Mr. SYDNEY BUXTON
The last pensioned ex-postmaster of Belfast retired more than 14 years ago. I have no information as to how he may have employed himself since leaving the Post Office. The question cannot be dealt with in the Superannuation Bill.