EARL of RONALDSHAY
asked the Postmaster-General what steps, if any, are being taken to fill the fifteen vacancies said to exist in the counter and telegraph staff of the London postal service; and whether, notwithstanding these vacancies and the existing pressure of work, a number of officers in the Eastern Central district have been invited to go on loan to the Registered Letter Office?
§ Mr. HERBERT SAMUEL
The vacancies will shortly be filled in the ordinary course mainly by the appointment of qualified learners and successful candidates in the competitions reserved for skilled telegraphists. No officers have been invited to apply for service in the Registered Letter section; but three officers who could be spared from the Eastern Central District were lent to the Returned Letter section. These officers will shortly return to their own office, and other arrangements will be made to meet the pressure in the Returned Letter section.