HC Deb 15 March 1917 vol 91 cc1299-300W

asked the Postmaster-General whether, in view of the percentage of sorters and postmen in the London postal service, 84 per cent. and 86 per cent., respectively, that have joined His Majesty's forces, and in view of the disorganisation and consequent delay that is bound to result from the introduction of the new system of sortation, steps will be taken to see that there are no further withdrawals from these classes until such time as it can be reported that the new proposals operate with efficiency?


The new method of addressing correspondence will simplify sorting, and I have no reason to anticipate that disorganisation and delay will result. I am bound to release for military service all men who can possibly be spared.


asked on what authority employés in the Post Office service are ordered by their superior officers to present themselves at recruiting stations for medical examination without having received any summons from the military authorities?


I cannot usefully add anything to the answer which I gave to the hon. Member's question on this subject on the 21st ultimo. The instruction was given in the interest of the public service.