HC Deb 18 April 1929 vol 227 cc387-8
16. Mr. DUNCAN

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware of the discontent among the warding staffs in the museums at the passing over of senior men for promotion; that at the Science Museum warders with half the service in the department of other capable men have been promoted to supervisory posts and that considerable friction exists as the result; whether, in accordance with the service principle that in promotion to posts of a mainly routine character, seniority of service should be the main consideration; and whether he will take steps to have this matter looked into so that every senior man may be given a chance of promotion?


Representations regarding promotion to supervisory posts have recently been made on behalf of the warding staffs at the museums under the Board's administration, and have been very carefully considered. Seniority of service cannot be the sole factor in selecting men for posts of this character, but I think the merits of all eligible candidates, including the length of their service, receive proper consideration.