HC Deb 28 June 1920 vol 131 cc111-2

Where it is proposed to fill a position in the civil service of the Crown in Southern Ireland or Northern Ireland by the appointment thereto of a person not already in that service, and the position is one which before the appointed day was customarily filled by the promotion of a person in the civil service of the Crown notice of the proposed appointment shall one week at least before it is made be published in the "Gazette" that is to say, the publication in Southern or Northern Ireland corresponding to the "London Gazette."

The PRESIDENT of the BOARD of EDUCATION (Mr. Herbert Fisher)

I beg to move to leave out the Clause.

The purpose of this Clause was to provide that where it was proposed to fill positions in the Civil Service by the appointment of persons not already serving publicity should be given to that step. There was considerable anxiety felt amongst members of the Irish Civil Service, that the newly constituted Governments would go out of their way to appoint outsiders to the Civil Service, and this Clause was put in the Bill to meet that apprehension. The Committee of the Irish Civil Service now think that this Clause would serve as an invitation to the two Irish Governments to appoint outsiders. We think that that apprehension is quite reasonable, and consequently I move the omission of the Clause.

Question, "That the Clause stand part of the Bill," put, and negatived.