§ Mr. F. ROBERTS
asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that at the Northampton Post Office notice of dismissal has been given to male temporary workers, some of whom are discharged soldiers, while female temporary workers are being retained; and, if so, whether this is the general policy of the Department?
§ Mr. ILLINGWORTH
The standing instruction is that ex-soldiers who have been discharged owing to wounds or illness should be given a preference for retention over all other members of the temporary force. The latter, whether male or female, will be discharged in the inverse order of length of temporary employment. I am inquiring into the circumstances at Northampton.