HC Deb 04 November 1909 vol 12 cc1983-4

asked whether, having regard to the dissatisfaction that has been expressed at the character of the changes in the regulations made by the Civil Service Commissioners in the conditions of examination for the Indian Civil Service and the short notice at which such changes have been introduced, the Secretary of State will consider as to the advisability of appointing for these examinations an advisory board, consisting of representatives from the universities and other educational bodies, with functions similar to those exercised by the advisory board to the War Office in connection with military education and the examinations for Woolwich and Sandhurst?


The Government of India Act provides that, in regard to examinations for admission to the Indian Civil Service, the Secretary of State in Council shall act with the advice and assistance of the Civil Service Commissioners; but, apart from the question of legality, the Secretary of State sees no sufficient reason, in the considerations advanced by the hon. Member, for taking the action suggested, nor is he convinced that, if such action were taken, the chances of dissatisfaction under either of the heads referred to would be diminished.