§ Mr. ALDEN
asked the Postmaster-General whether there are men in the postal service who during the War have been serving with the Army still ranking as boy messengers and receiving balance of civil pay as such; whether, in view of their service to the nation, these men who are treated as boys can be granted the higher appointment to which they are entitled and which they would have secured but for the War, together with corresponding pay from their nineteenth year; and whether he will give the matter his favourable consideration and, if necessary, bring it before the Treasury with a view to altering the rules and regulations on the subject?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
The position is as stated, and was explained in detail to the 333W hon. Member by letter on the 14th ultimo. The Regulation which governs the practice was laid down by the Treasury for the Civil Service as a whole, and I am not prepared to ask for special treatment for the Post Office.