HC Deb 13 July 1888 vol 328 cc1244-5
MR. CALDWELL (Glasgow, St. Rollox)

asked, the Lord Advocate, What are the duties which are devolved upon Assistant Inspectors of schools in Scotland; and, whether Assistant Inspectors are to understand in future that appointments to the office of Inspector are not to be expected to be made by the present Government from their ranks?

THE LORD ADVOCATE (Mr. J. H. A. MACDONALD) (Edinburgh and St. Andrew's Universities)

I presume the hon. Member refers not to Assistant Inspectors, but to Inspectors' assistants, who are a different class of officers. Their duties have been defined in repeated instructions, and cannot be summed up within the limits of an answer to a Question. With regard to the promotion of such officers to the post of Inspector, their Lordships can give no general undertaking, and must proceed upon their own responsibility, according to the circumstances of each case. Such appointments are certainly not limited to Inspectors' assistants.