HC Deb 05 July 1888 vol 328 cc411-2

asked the Secretary to the Treasury, When the next examination for men clerkships in the Lower Division of the Civil Service will take place; whether it is the case that no such examination has been held since August, 1887, notwithstanding the statement in the Commissioners' Prospectus that these examinations are held about three times a-year; what the cause of the delay in holding the examination is; and, whether it is intended to make any extension of the limits of age for candidates in view of the delay?


No examination has been held since August, 1887, for men clerkships of the Lower Division. I cannot say when an examination will be held. The Government is anxious not to call additional men into the Civil Service, so long as the work can be performed by those already in the Service; and I hope the House will support the Government in this decision.