§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
On behalf of the honourable Member for North Galway I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, with reference to the repeated assurances that the Treasury are willing and desirous of promoting capable second division clerks to the first division, there are any second division clerks in the Secretary's office of the General Post Office, or in the Inland Revenue Department, who have been recommended as qualified to fill vacancies in the first division in those Departments; and, if so, how many recommendations have been made?
§ MR. HANBURY
No recommendation for the promotion of a second division clerk to a higher division clerkship has 284 been refused by the Treasury in either of the Departments mentioned. There is only one clerk of the second division in the Secretary's office of the General Post Office. Two second division clerks have recently been promoted to fill vacancies in the higher division in the Secretary's office of the Inland Revenue. Since 1893 15 second division clerks have been promoted to first division clerkships in the Legacy Duty office of the Inland Revenue—which clerkships are in ordinary course filled by examinations open only to qualified solicitors.