I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, as representing the Postmaster-General, whether any, and if so what, appointment has been 496 made to the vacant post-office at Belturbet; and whether any application has been received by the Department on behalf of Miss Mullen, the senior clerk in the office; and whether her qualifications and length of service entitle her to the appointment?
§ MR. HANBURY
The vacancy at Belturbet has not yet been filled, but candidates have been invited to send in their names in the usual manner. An application from Miss Mullen has been received, but I strongly deprecate questions being put to me in the House in respect to the applications of particular individuals for appointments in the Public Service. It is most unfair to other candidates, as such appointments should be made upon the merits of the applicant alone.