HC Deb 13 June 1893 vol 13 cc885-6
MR. CRILLY (Mayo, N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that in recent Civil Service Examinations University tutors have been selected to set the papers and assign the marks in subjects which they have boon teaching certain candidates for the said open competition, and that in the last examination for the Home Civil Service, Class I., several questions are practically identical with those set at Oxford during the previous term; and whether the Civil Service Commissioners have discontinued their previous practice of printing the names of the examiners on their papers; and, if so, why?


Examiners are invited to assist the Civil Service Commissioners on the understanding that they do not prepare pupils for the Examinations in which they are asked to take part. The Civil Service Commissioners have no information on the point raised with regard to the last Class I. Examination; but it is obvious that, in an Examination which practically covers the same ground as the ordinary curriculum for higher education in this country, questions of a similar character may sometimes be set. The Civil Service Commissioners will, however, be prepared to investigate the facts, if the evidence on which the question appears to be based is brought before them. It is not the practice, nor is it thought de- sirable, to print the names of the examiners for the Home Civil Service on the papers.