HC Deb 24 November 1964 vol 702 cc165-6W
86. Mr. James A. Kilfedder

asked the Postmaster-General how many ex-Servicemen are employed in his Department's service in Northern Ireland; and to what extent preference is given to ex-Servicemen.

Mr. Joseph Slater

I am sorry that figures for the whole of Northern Ireland are not readily available. 731 of the 1,465 men employed by Belfast Head Post Office are ex-Servicemen. My Department gives preference to ex-Servicemen in Northern Ireland for employment as postmen, technicians and telephonists, and also as cleaners, liftmen and doorkeepers. In the last few years, over 80 per cent. of vacancies for adult postmen in Northern Ireland have been filled by long-service ex-Regulars.