§ MR. BRADLAUGH (Northampton)
I beg to ask the First Lord of the Treasury whether the permission given by the Treasury to Departments of the Civil Service to employ female typists is, or will be, conditional on the Department publicly announcing the intention to appoint such persons, and on its making the appointments after competitive examination of the candidates; or whether, in introducing female typists into the Service, the Government propose to recognise a return to the system of appointment by private patronage without examination by the Civil Service Commissioners, notwithstanding such a system has long since been practically 913 abolished as regards the appointment of men?
§ * MR. W. H. SMITH
The employment of female typists has been as yet experimental, and Departments have made their own selection of typists. There is little doubt that this form of labour will be generally adopted in the Public Service, and the Treasury will have to consider the general conditions under which female typists will be employed.