§ CAPTAIN NORTON
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury (1) whether appointment to the class of examiners in the Education Department is made by open competition and after examination of candidates by the Civil Service Commissioners, or by the personal nomination of the head of the Department without such examination; and if by the latter method, whether there is any reason why the system of open competition could not be adopted with regard to these appointments; and (2) whether the official duties of the Examiners are generally analogous to those of Clerks of the Upper Division in other offices, and such as could properly be performed br Clerks of the Upper Division?
§ THE VICE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL (Sir JOHN GORST,) Cambridge University
The Examiners in the Education Department are appointed by the Lord President of the Council. The special qualifications needed for the office could not, in the opinion of the Committee of Council, be secured by open competition. The answer to the last paragraph is in the negative.