HC Deb 03 December 1908 vol 197 c1652

To ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether, in September last, while an examination of candidates for the post of Assistant Surveyor of Taxes was actually proceeding, nineteen vacancies in the office were filled by the appointment of candidates who had previously sat for junior appointments in the Admiralty and other offices; whether such appointments were a breach of one of the conditions governing the examination in question, namely, that candidates passing the examination would be appointed to fill such vacancies as might exist at the date of the examination or within six months after its commencement; and whether it is possible, in order to satisfy those who were disappointed by reason of these appointments, to offer to the first nineteen of the candidates who were unsuccessful at the examination the first nineteen vacancies in the office of Assistant Surveyor of Taxes or other equivalent appointments.

(Answered by Mr. Hobhouse.) I would refer the hon. and learned Member to the reply given by my right hon. friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on the 24th ultimo, to the hon. Member for North Fermanagh. I will send him a copy.