HC Deb 23 April 1913 vol 52 c336

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether, in inviting candidates to compete for clerk ships in the various Departments of the Civil Service, the Civil Service Commissioners use the word "clerkship" in the sense that the office of clerk calls for the performance of clerical duties only?

The CHANCELLOR of the EXCHEQUER (Mr. Lloyd George)

The use of the title "clerk" does not necessarily imply that the duties of an office are exclusively clerical, nor does it preclude heads of Departments from requiring officers designated as clerks to perform duties which are not strictly clerical, if the public interest necessitate it.