HC Deb 29 June 1925 vol 185 c1983

asked the Under-Secretary of State for India if he is aware that a considerable number of vacancies which exist in the Home and Colonial services are likely to be offered at the forthcoming examinations to candidates who are also candidates for the Indian Civil Service and whether, in these circumstances, he will consider what steps can be taken to avoid the danger that a sufficient number of qualified British candidates may not remain available for India, in view of the small number of British candidates who have entered for the Indian Civil Service and of the urgent need of British recruits for that service?


My Noble Friend is fully alive to the contingency to which my hon. Friend refers. But the number of European candidates for all the Services to be recruited on the result of the open competition is, I understand, substantially in excess of the number of vacancies expected, and he does not consider that special measures are required at present.