§ MR. MACNEILL
I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland whether he is aware that there are at present upwards of 50 temporary clerks in the Irish Land Commission Office without Civil Service certificates, contrary to the Order in Council; whether it is contemplated to create these uncertificated clerks permanent clerks without any examination; why are not vacancies in the office of the Irish Land Commission filled from the Lower Division of the Civil Service; and why are not these clerkships thrown open to public competition, according to the practice adopted in filling up vacancies in clerk- 561 ships in the High Court of Justice in Ireland?
§ MR. JACKSON
In addition to the permanent staff there are at present temporarily employed in the Land Commission one Second Division clerk, 19 registered copyists, and 25 temporary clerks; the latter were employed when the services of the other registered copyists were not available. It is not proposed to make any of the uncertificated temporary clerks referred to permanent officers. It is understood that the Treasury do not propose to recruit the clerical staff of the Irish Land Commission in future from the Second Division of the Civil Service. Section 45 of the Act of 1881, and Section 20 of the Act of 1885, which regulate appointments to the Land Commission, are still in force as regards appointments to the general permanent staff, and when clerks for temporary purposes are required applications will be made in the first instance to the Civil Service Commissioners for registered copyists.