HC Deb 03 June 1924 vol 174 c1049

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that a necessary qualification for the post of deputy-lieutenant of a county is that worthy service shall have been rendered ac a member of, or in a civil capacity in connection with, His Majesty's naval, military, or air forces; that these qualifications rule out of consideration for such appointments many otherwise well-qualified persons; and whether he will recommend a revision of the qualifications now regarded as necessary for appointments to the posts of deputy-lieutenant?


I am aware that the Deputy-Lieutenants Act, 1918, abolished the qualifications of birth and property which had hitherto obtained, and instituted instead the qualification of worthy service of the nature indicated. The policy thus adopted in 1918 has proved a very satisfactory one, and I regret, therefore, that I do not see my way to recommend further legislation in the sense suggested by the hon. Member.

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