HC Deb 14 April 1927 vol 205 cc564-5W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that dissatisfaction exists among the Newcastle-on-Tyne staff with the Promotion Board's choice of an officer for appointment to the post of assistant inspector in charge of boy messengers; that, in accordance with established procedure, the staff side submitted, among others, the name of Mr. G. H. Hodgson, who has held the rank of acting-assistant inspector for 25 years and has had considerable experience of the higher duty; and that their recommendations were disregarded, and an acting-head-postman appointed who has had almost no experience of the duty in question; whether he will state the reasons for the failure to appoint Mr. Hodgson; and whether he will have the whole matter re-examined?

Viscount WOLMER

Mr. Hodgson, who is an Acting-head-postman, was not on the acting list for substitution on assistant inspector's duties and, in accordance with the agreed promotion procedure, was therefore ineligible for consideration for promotion. I can find no reason for dissenting from the Promotion Board's choice of the officer who was promoted.