HC Deb 01 March 1915 vol 70 cc532-3

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether most of the men who would in the ordinary course have been preparing for the Home and Indian Civil Service examinations are now engaged on military duty and will therefore be unable to compete in 1915, and probably in 1916; and if, under these circumstances, he will consider the advisability of approaching the proper authority with a view of preparing a scheme of selection, in consultation with the university authorities and others having special knowledge, whereby men who had intended to enter the Civil service, and who still wish to do so, shall not be prejudiced by reason of their present employment on military duty and consequent inability to prepare for competitive examinations?

The UNDER-SECRETARY of STATE for INDIA (Mr. Charles Roberts)

The question, so far as it concerns the Home Civil Service, should be addressed to the representatives of the Treasury. As regards the Indian Civil Service, the hon. Member's suggestion to substitute selection for the open competitive examination would require the amendment of the Government of India Act of 1858. The Secretary of State is not prepared to propose this in present circumstances. He has, however, granted concessions as to age to candidates undertaking service with the Forces which he believes meet the case as it now presents itself. The concessions have been made with the advice and assistance of the Civil Service Commissioners.


Does the hon. Gentleman realise that a concession merely on the point of age will still prejudice those candidates who are now serving their country by reason of the fact that they will not be able to join the Civil Service until they are two years older than other candidates who have not served with the Colours?


I will submit that representation to the Secretary of State.