§ MR. JOHN WILSON (Mid Durham)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the congestion in the promotion of the competitive prison clerks, whether he will lay upon the Table of the House the Report of the Departmental Committee of 1886–90?
§ THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. H. H. ASQUITH, Fife, E.)
The actual number of competitive prison clerks, that is to say, clerks who entered under the present scheme of competitive examination, now serving is 76, 31 in the first class and 45 in the second. None of the first-class competitive clerks have attained their maximum, and of the second class only 23 have attained it. The matter has been frequently brought to my notice, and, after very carefully going into the whole question, I am unable to think that a real grievance exists. I will consider the question whether it is possible or desirable to lay the Report on the Table.