§ 42. Major HERBERT EVANS
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the number of officers above the rank of inspector now employed on the factory inspection staff; whether all such officers have had service as inspectors; and whether it is intended to adhere to this practice in all future promotions?
§ The SECRETARY of STATE for the HOME DEPARTMENT (Mr. Clynes)
If my hon. and gallant Friend is referring to the Chief Inspector and his deputies and the superintending inspectors, the number of officers now employed in these ranks is 15 and all of them had previous service as inspectors. As regards the last part of the question, I prefer that these posts should always be filled by promotions within the inspectorate, but in making appointments, particularly of the higher officers, it is necessary in each case to take into account the particular circumstances, and I am afraid it is not possible for me to bind myself and my successors in the way suggested.
§ Major EVANS
Does the right hon. Gentleman mean to neglect altogether the question of practical experience?
§ Mr. CLYNES
Certainly not. I think, if my hon. and gallant Friend reads my answer, he will see that the contrary is my intention.