§ MR. FIELD
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will grant a statement showing the present age, length of service, and annual emoluments of each officer in the Departments under his control who, during the past ten years, entered by the Higher Division 1156 Class I., examination; the number of abstractors (assistant clerks), with from one to ten years' service, who are in receipt of less than £100 per annum; and the number of men who have entered by nomination during each of the last ten years.
(Answered by Mr. Runciman.) The hon. Member has put down Questions of a similar character respecting a number of other public Departments. My right hon. friends concerned and myself are agreed that we should not be justified in authorising the collection of these statistics, which in our opinion would involve an expenditure of time and labour out of all proportion to any result obtainable.