asked the Postmaster-General, in view of the large number of appointments allotted to ex-service men employed in a temporary capacity, if he is prepared to offer appointments in the clerical class to all established ex-service men who have secured the Civil Service Commissioners' educational qualifications at the December, 1926, examination?
The Southborough Committee which reported upon the appointment of ex-service men to posts in the Civil Service considered the bearing which their recommendations in favour of ex-service temporary clerks might have upon the claims of the manipulative grades employed in the Post Office, and recommended that the claims of the latter should be sympathetically
considered by a Committee of the Post Office Whitley Council which was then sitting
in order that there might be no suggestion that they have been unfairly treated in the light of the special arrangements made for
the temporary clerks. The resulting recommendations of this Committee of the Whitley Council are being carried out, and I am not prepared to reopen the matter.