§ MR. WARDLE (Stockport)
I beg to ask the Prime Minister whether his atention has been directed to the cases that have arisen recently regarding the action of Civil servants in political matters; and whether, seeing that the existing Treasury Regulations defining the attitude of Civil servants during electoral contests and cognate questions were issued many years ago, and in view of the growth of State employment, the recognition of trade unionism by the Government, and the variety of interpretations placed upon the regulations in different Departments of State, he will consider the advisability of appointing a small Committee of this House to inquire into and report upon the advisability of amending the present arrangements.
§ MR. ASQUITH
The matter is under the consideration of the Government, and I do not think that an inquiry of the kind suggested by the hon. Member is, under the circumstances, advisable.