§ MR. OSBORNE MORGAN (Denbighshire, E.)
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Local Government Board whether, having regard to the fact that there are in Wales many districts subject to medical inspection in which the Welsh language is almost universally spoken, he will, in filling up future vacancies among the Inspectors attached to the Medical Department of the Local Government Board, give the preference to one candidate at least—if in other respects competent—who can speak and understand that language?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOARD (Mr. LONG,) Wilts, Devizes
It was stated by the President of the Local Government Board, in reply to a question a short time since, that in the event of his having to fill up a vacancy in the office of Medical Inspector, where the duties of the officer would chiefly be in Wales, and he had before him two candidates who, apart from the question of the Welsh language, were in all respects equally well qualified for the position, 1772 he would be willing to give the preference to the candidate with a knowledge of the Welsh language. I cannot give any further undertaking on behalf of the President of the Local Government Board.