§ MR. SUMMERBELL (Sunderland)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he can state the number of promotions per annum from the grade of preventive man to that of preventive officer in His Majesty's Customs Department during the past seven years, the length of service of the preventive man before promotion, and the number of preventive men at present awaiting the forthcoming examination; and the number of preventive men who are at present on their maximum salary, and the total number who were on the staff at the end of 1906.
(Answered by Mr. Hobhouse.) The following statement gives the information requested:—
Year. Number of promotions of preventive men to preventive officers. Average length of service before promotion. Years. Months. 1901 37 16 4 1902 32 16 7 1903 34 16 1 1904 53 15 8 1905 33 16 2 1906 36 16 11 1907 31 17 5 Number of preventive men awaiting the forthcoming examination, 60; number of preventive men who are at their maximum, 485*; number of preventive men on the staff at the end of 1906, 862. *Of the above 485 preventive men, 98 are finally excluded from promotion.