HC Deb 10 May 1929 vol 227 cc2437-8W

asked the Postmaster-General whether his attention has been drawn to the case of Mr. A. J. Kohler, of 22, Shelton Road, Wimbledon, who was employed by the Post Office in an unestablished capacity for three and a half years, and during that period worked full time and gave every satisfaction, so much so that he was eventually singled out for consideration for an established post; whether he is aware that this man was examined as to his fitness for the established post, was found unfit owing to his war wounds, and was thereupon informed he could no longer be employed in any established or unestablished capacity; and whether, having regard to the fact that this disabled ex-service man has lost his employment through being selected for advancement, he is prepared to offer him further temporary employment?


I am aware of the case referred to by the hon. Member. Mr. Kohler was one of a number of ex-Service men employed in a temporary capacity who were considered for establishment. Unfortunately, the nature of the medical evidence obtained in his case was, in the opinion of the Chief Medical Officer to the Post Office, such as to render Mr. Kohler definitely unsuitable, even under the modified standards applicable to disabled ex-Service men, not only for an established post, but also for Post Office employment of any kind. I have carefully reconsidered Mr. Kohler's case, but I regret that I am unable to offer him further employment.