§ MR. VINCENT KENNEDY
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state what is the necessary qualification for candidates seeking the position of principal and assistant county surveyors in Ireland; when will the next examination be held; are the results of these examinations published; is any nomination necessary; if so, by whom; and, if any differences exist between the system of making those appointments in England and Ireland, will he have them removed.
§ THE CHIEF SECRETARY FOR IRELAND (Mr. BRYCE,) Aberdeen, S.
My hon. friend has asked me to answer this Question. County surveyors in Ireland are appointed by county councils, with the statutory concurrence of the Local Government Board, after examination by the Civil Service Commissioners. The nomination of candidates rests with the county councils, to whom the result of the examination is notified. Assistant county surveyors are also appointed by county councils, subject to the statutory concurrence of the Local Government Board, who prescribe the qualifications. A person who possesses a certain proscribed engineering degree, diploma, or certificate is deemed to be qualified without examination. Any other person undergoes a qualifying examination conducted by the Board. It is expected that an examination for county surveyors will be held very shortly, and for assistant county surveyors early next year. I have sent to the hon. Member printed Papers setting forth the subjects of examination and other particulars which are too long to be stated in reply to a Question. I have no information as to the method of making appointments in England beyond that contained in the Answer of my right hon. friend the President of the Local Government Board to the hon. Member's Question of 26th November.†† See (4) Debates, clxv., 1244.