HC Deb 01 March 1912 vol 34 c1793W

asked the Postmaster-General, if he is aware that the practice of making appointments from postmen who pass the examination for sorters to the particular place they complete for results very often in men with lower qualifications receiving appointments, while men who receive higher marks at some other centre where the vacancies happen to be fewer in number receive no appointment; and, in view of this, will he alter the system of examination so that all competitors in the country shall form one list from which those who receive the highest marks shall receive appointments in rotation to the vacancies which may arise at any post office?


The facts are as stated by the hon. Member; but I consider that the existing arrangement, under which candidates are allowed to select the office for appointment at which they are to compete, gives more satisfaction than would the plan advocated by the hon. Member, which would often involve appointment at very distant offices.