§ MR. WATT (Glasgow, College)
I beg to ask the President of the Board of Trade how many paid appointments were made in Glasgow under his Department in the years 1906 and 1907, respectively; how many of these appointments were given to men resident in Glasgow and district; how many were given to men brought from a distance; and will he say for what class of positions his Department was unable to find suitable applicants in the neighbourhood.
§ THE PARLIAMENTARY SECRETARY TO THE BOARD OF TRADE (Mr. KEARLEY,) Devonport
Four such appointments were made in each of the two years mentioned, and I understand that four of the persons appointed were residents in the district and four came from outside. With regard to the last paragraph of the Question I would remind my hon. friend that in a service extending over the whole Kingdom it is extremely undesirable in the public interest that appointments at a particular port should be confined to residents in the district. Officers resident in the Glasgow district are not debarred from obtaining promotion at other ports.