§ 82. Lord N. CRICHTON-STUART
asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he will state if unsuccessful candidates for examinations under the Civil Service Commissioners for appointments under the National Insurance Act will be taken in their order of merit for future appointments under the Act irrespective 2069 of their proficiency in any particular language?
§ The FINANCIAL SECRETARY to the TREASURY (Mr. Masterman)
The answer is in the affirmative as regards the appointments under Part I. of the Insurance Act, subject only to this qualification—that where the duties of any particular post require a knowledge of any language in addition to English, such post may be offered to the highest qualified candidate who knows that language. I may add, however, to prevent misapprehension, that appointments have already been offered in the case of some of the examinations to all the candidates who reached the qualifying standard. In other cases the lists will be kept open for some time longer, but thereafter vacancies will be filled, not from these special lists, but by means of the ordinary competitive examinations by which the public service generally is recruited.