§ Mr. W. THORNE
asked the Postmaster-General whether there is a possibility of the ex-temporary sorters who qualified at the last examination held being called up for permanent post office duty before a further examination takes place; and if he will take action in the matter?
§ Mr. KELLAWAY
The maximum number of temporary sorters to be appointed to permanent posts is 200. Up to the present 157 temporary sorters have been so appointed. I am unable to say whether or not the maximum will be reached; but there is no prospect of a further examination being held in the near future, and in the meantime the temporary sorters who qualified will be given a proportion of the vacancies which arise.