§ Sir T. BRAMSDON
asked the Postmaster-General the number of ex-professional sailors, late Royal Navy, who are at present employed under the Postmaster-General, and in what Department they are serving; and if he will consider the allocation of a definite quota in all Departments, where eligible and competent, to ex-professional sailors, soldiers, and airmen?
§ Mr. HARTSHORN
The total number of ex-service men employed in the Post Office is over 90,000, but it would not be possible, without elaborate inquiry, to ascertain how many of these are ex-professional sailors. 50 per cent. of postmen's vacancies are already reserved for ex-service men. In addition, recruitment for all male posts, which are not required for youths and others already in the Post Office service, is practically restricted to ex-service men, preference amongst whom is given to disabled men and ex-professionals.