§ 57. Mr. SNOWDEN
asked the Prime Minister if he is aware of the dissatisfaction amongst persons in Government employment with the Treasury Circular of 9th September and the subsequent departmental orders requiring all persons in Government employment to take the oath of allegiance, as this is looked upon as being an unnecessary reflection upon the loyalty of men who have rendered years of good service to the Government; and if he will withdraw the instruction?
§ Mr. BONAR LAW
No, Sir; it is expressly stated in the Circular referred to that the requirement of an oath of allegiance implies no reflection on the loyalty of the Civil Service and I am not prepared to recommend any change in the existing Regulation which is limited to clerical and administrative officers serving in an established capacity.