HC Deb 10 May 1900 vol 82 c1251

I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury, with reference to the reply of Mr. Hamilton to Question 2,399, Minutes of Evidence, Committee of Public Accounts, 1889, to the effect that it is the ordinary practice for the Treasury to treat two broken periods of established service as one, unless it is broken by the act of the individual himself, whether the established service of an assistant of Excise who, having successfully competed for a clerkship of the higher division, resigns his assistantship, and takes up his new appointment after an interval of a few days or a few months, is regarded as broken by the act of the individual himself.


If the officer does not resign his old appointment until he has received from the Civil Service Commissioners his certificate of qualification for his new one; if, moreover, such resignation is clearly and avowedly for the purpose of enabling him to take up his new appointment; and if he takes up such new appointment at the date when he is called upon (by the authorities of his new Department) to do so, the Treasury would be prepared, in the absence of very special circumstances, to reckon the earlier service for pension.