HC Deb 05 June 1928 vol 218 cc31-2W

asked the Postmaster-General whether preference is given to ex-soldiers who have left the present Army as against ex-service men who participated in the War, in connection with any employment available in his Department; if so, in what capacity these men are employed; and for what reason?

Viscount WOLMER

In selecting ex-service candidates for permanent full-time Post Office employment, preference is given to the more seriously disabled men, i.e., those in receipt of a disability pension of not less than 30 per cent., but within both categories of "disabled" and "able-bodied" men, ex-Regulars with War service are given preference over those who enlisted for the duration of the War only, while the latter are given preference over ex-Regulars who enlisted after the Armistice. The majority of ex-service men are employed as postmen or in a similar subordinate grade.