HC Deb 15 March 1922 vol 151 cc2195-6

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that, in the instructions issued by the Civil Service Commission on 24th February, 1922, concerning the forthcoming Civil Service examinations, paragraph 3, it states that no candidate who attended the examinations for appointment to the clerical class in November and December, 1920, or in March, 1921, will be eligible for admission to this competition; and whether, in view of the injustice to many candidates who were unsuccessful in the above-mentioned examination, he will cancel the Clause which precludes them from again sitting for this competitive examination?


The regulation referred to is in accordance with the recommendations of Lord Lytton's Committee who in paragraph 40 of their Third Interim Report recommended, "that a further examination for the clerical class should be held at which would be eligible to compete all ex-service men who entered the Government service on or before 30th June, 1921, provided always that they did not compete at the recent examinations." I regret therefore that I am unable to accede to the request in the latter, part of the question


Will the hon. Gentleman give sympathetic consideration to those cases whose chances of obtaining the necessary knowledge were seriously interfered with by the War?


I would remind the hon. Member that the procedure by way of Investigation Boards is specially designed to meet their case and we have no other procedure.