HC Deb 26 July 1875 vol 226 cc46-7

asked Mr. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Whether he is able to inform the House what are the intentions of Her Majesty's Government as to the adoption of the recommendations of the Civil Service Inquiry Commission?


Sir, the Commissioners have sent in three Reports to the Government and have now completed their labours. I must express our great gratitude to them, and especially to my right hon. Friend the Member for the University of Edinburgh (Mr. Lyon Playfair), for the great pains they have taken. The Reports are very interesting and very suggestive; and they raise questions both of principle and detail, the application of which will require careful consideration. The Government has been making inquiries in particular offices with a view of seeing how far the principles of the Reports could be applied to them. We are not at present in a position to give a definite answer, but the matter is engaging serious consideration, and we hope in the course of the Recess to arrive at some conclusion.