§ SIR SAMUEL SCOTT (Marylebone, W)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether he is aware that only forty-four per centum of the established messengerships in Government offices have during the last three years been granted to ex service men; and whether, in view of the fact that ex-service men are eminently suited for these posts, he will give instructions that for the future ex-service men are to be appointed to these posts, provided suitable candidates are forthcoming.
§ THE PRIME MINISTER AND FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY (Sir H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN,) Stirling Burghs
I believe that the figures of the hon. Member are correct; but after giving consideration to the matter, which has: been brought to my attention on more than one occasion, I do not see my way to recommending that in future, ex-service men only are to be appointed to Government messengerships.
§ SIR SAMUEL SCOTT
Does the right hon. Gentleman approve of the appointment of ex-butlers and ex-footmen to these posts?
§ SIR H. CAMPBELL-BANNERMAN
I should like to know something about them before I expressed an opinion. I disapprove any cast iron rule on the subject.