HC Deb 21 March 1904 vol 132 c235
MR. HERBERT ROBERTS (Denbighshire, N.)

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for India whether his attention has been drawn to a Resolution issued by the Government of India announcing; that competitive examinations in India for the public services will be replaced by the selection of candidates; and whether he will lay Papers showing the grounds upon which this change has been affected; and whether he will state whether the change has the approval of His Majesty's Government.


My right hon. friend the Secretary of State for India has requested me to say that he is aware of the Resolution to which the hon. Member's Question refers. He expects to receive before long the Papers giving in full the grounds on which the Government of India decided to make a change in the method of recruitment for the public service, affecting at present, as he is informed, some ten or twelve appointments, and he will then consider whether they can be laid on the Table. The principle of the proposed change was considered by him in Council, and was adopted with his consent.