§ Dr. COOPER
I beg to ask the President of the Local Government Board 1719 what are the conditions governing the appointment of an assistant auditor of the Local Government Board; whether the appointment is by nomination; whether it is required that the person appointed shall have passed any examination in or possess any special knowledge of accounts; whether an assistant auditor is paid, and at what rate; and whether he will consider the advisability of requiring in future that all candidates for this position shall have passed some examination in accounts before appointment.
§ MR. JOHN BURNS
The existing conditions for the appointment of an assistant auditor are that the applicant shall be a chartered or incorporated accountant, or a barrister or solicitor, or have undergone a course of training with a district auditor, or have served in the Department of the Local Government Board. Appointments are made by the Board from persons who satisfy these conditions, and appear to t hem to be in other respects suited for the office, but no nomination is necessary. Nor is the passing of a special examination required; but I will take note of the suggestion that such a requirement should be made. The salaries of the assistant auditors range from £300 to £450 a year.