§ MR. J. HAVELOCK WILSON (Middlesbrough)
On behalf of the hon. Member for Peterborough, I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will give assistant clerks in the Civil Service an opportunity of proving their qualifications for clerkships of the Second Division, and thus extend the principle recommended by the Ridley Commission 34 of giving every clerk an opportunity of rising in the Service?
§ THE SECRETARY TO THE TREASURY (Sir J. T. HIBBERT,) Oldham
I beg to refer my hon. Friend to the answer which I gave to a similar question put by the hon. Member for Bow on the 19th of April, and to which I have only to add that assistant clerks, formerly copyists, have always had the same opportunity as other persons of competing for the Second Division, with the additional advantage of the usual extension of age allowed to persons who have served in Public Departments.