§ Mr. FIELD
asked the Postmaster-General whether he can state the qualifications of Miss Thompson, of London, who has recently been appointed the sub-postmistress of Kilrea, county Derry, and what knowledge of Post Office business this lady possessed to justify the appointment; whether applications were received from fully qualified Post Office servants within the Kilrea area; and whether these were given any consideration before the appointment was made?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE
The appointment of sub-postmistress of Kilrea was conferred on Miss M. Thompson, because she was regarded as the best candidate for the position and able to provide the necessary accommodation for conducting Post Office business. Moreover, as a native of Kilrea, there was reason to believe that her appointment would be acceptable generally. Miss Thompson had had no previous experience of Post Office work, but she was reported to be an intelligent woman with force of character who would be able to undertake the duties efficiently. There were other qualified candidates from within the Kilrea area, and their applications received full consideration.