§ 45. Mr. PRETYMAN
asked the Prime Minister whether he will give a pledge that persons engaged in the unofficial Land Inquiry will not be appointed to salaried positions under the State unless they enter the public service through the ordinary channels by examination?
§ The PRIME MINISTER (Mr. Asquith)
I think the contingency against which the hon. Member seeks to guard is highly improbable, but I do not see why I should give the pledge for which he asks.
§ Mr. PRETYMAN
Will the right hon. Gentleman be good enough to kindly make inquiry and use his influence so that these persons shall not be given any preference over other persons who have not been engaged in this inquiry?
MARQUESS Of TULLIBARDINE
Would it be sufficient if the right hon. Gentleman inquired into their former character?