HC Deb 14 February 1911 vol 21 cc873-4

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he could state what qualification as to age, experience, etc., will be required of the additional second-class mining inspectors; and could he take any steps to prevent Members of Parliament from being bombarded with applications for these posts?

The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Churchill)

The matter is under my consideration, and I hope to be able to issue the particulars shortly. I am also considering what can be done to prevent hon. Members being troubled by applicants for these and other appointments in the Home Office, and I propose to include in the instructions to intending applicants a word of advice on the subject.


May I ask when he hopes to make the appointments, and whether he still intends to take thirty as the number who may foe appointed?


If he will mention about Members of Parliament it will be convenient.


I do not propose to mention Members of Parliament by name, but I propose to say that no recommendations would be of any value unless they were by Members who had personal knowledge.


Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that every one of our Constituents considers that we have personal knowledge?