§ Mr. BOLAND
asked the Postmaster-General if he will state why Mr. Michael O'Donoghue, who served as assistant clerk in the engineering department of the General Post Office, London, was not permitted to return to duty on 12th July, as he requested, he then being free from all disease as certified by two doctors; whether he is aware that Mr. O'Donoghue's time did not expire until the end of August, the Post Office doctor not 1125W having examined him since 13th August, 1910; and whether steps will now be taken to restore him to his position?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
Mr. O'Donoghue went on sick leave suffering from tuberculosis on the 28th July, 1910. After an absence lasting for nearly six months, the Chief Medical Officer to the Post Office formed the opinion, on the medical reports which were furnished by the authorities of the sanatorium where Mr. O'Donoghue was staying, that there was no reasonable prospect of his again being fit for the performance of his duties. In these circumstances, it was necessary to proceed with his superannuation; and I regret that I cannot hold out any hope of his reinstatement.