HC Deb 06 October 1931 vol 257 cc984-5W

asked the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that recent promotions at Liverpool of five officers over the heads of senior officers have caused dissatisfaction among the staff; that the first of the five promoted officers was thirteenth on the acting list while -the fifth promoted officer was twenty-eighth on the acting list and seventy-second on the general seniority list; that the men passed over have performed acting duties for considerable periods with satisfaction; and that the acting duties of certain of the promoted officers have been less varied than those of the men passed over; and whether he will institute inquiries regarding the promotions, and particularly regarding the nature of the reports furnished, in accordance with the ordinary promotion procedure, on the officers concerned, and regarding the number and grade of the reporting officers?


I am satisfied that the claims of all eligible officers have been fully and impartially considered in connection with recent promotions at Liverpool, and I am not aware that any general dissatisfaction has been occasioned. Only one officer availed himself of the Appeals Board procedure which has been set up to hear appeals from members of the manipulative grades who have been passed over for promotion; and in that instance the Board unanimously decided that no injustice had been done. I am in agreement with that decision, and do not consider that any further special inquiries are warranted.