THE next postmaster-general looks sure to make the mail arrive on time - his current job is head of the Chief Secretary's Efficiency Unit. But Robert Footman, 43, said yesterday it was '99 per cent true' he had never worked in a post office before - he spent a fortnight delivering Christmas parcels as a teenager in Worthing, southern England. His priorities would be improving customer service and ensuring smooth operation of the Post Office as a trading fund, he said. Despite last week's row over the Government's localisation policy, sparked by a court case by overseas officers, Mr Footman's appointment caused little concern. Democratic Party legislator Cheung Man-kwong said localisation, which had meant many locals had been promoted to secretary level, also meant a shortage of local candidates for posts such as postmaster-general. Mr Footman said: 'The post was advertised all over the civil service and I applied for it. It's not for me to justify why I was selected.' Christopher Jackson, Deputy Secretary for Civil Service, said: 'The localisation policy has traditionally been implemented through recruitment and through non-renewal of overseas officers' contracts. That's quite different from promotion or selection.' Mr Footman will be seconded for three years from November 20 at a monthly $126,000 salary. It was also announced yesterday that Assistant Postmaster-General Luk Ping-chuen, 49, is to be deputy postmaster-general. Mr Footman will be the 40th postmaster-general. One of his tasks will be to remove colonial symbols from the Post Office.