asked the Postmaster-General whether he will state the principles that govern appointments made as a result of examinations for the Post Office clerical class; and whether those who obtain the highest number of marks are selected before those who obtain lower marks, or whether other qualifications are taken into account?
The appointment to the clerical class of successful candidates in the Post Office limited competition may be delayed through various causes, namely, through doubt as to a candidate's eligibility as regards health; but, subject to such delays in individual cases, the appointments are made in accordance with the order of merit in the competition. The competition of September, 1923, was held in two sections with different age limits; and in making the appointments each section is treated as a separate competition.
When the right hon. Gentleman says that these appointments are made on the number of marks, what does he mean by saying that they are delayed for health reasons?
Sometimes before an appointment is made, notwithstanding the fact that the candidate has passed his examination, we have to make certain that he has already passed the health test.