HC Deb 25 February 1936 vol 309 cc348-9

Motion made, and Question proposed, That a Supplementary sum, not exceeding £10, be granted to His Majesty, to defray the charge which will come in course of payment durin the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1936, for the Salaries and Expenses of the Civil Service Commission.

7.20 p.m.


This increased Estimate is due simply to the fact that the number of candidates for examination by the Civil Service Commission has exceeded expectation. The last total of candidates coming forward is a record, and that has meant certain additional expenditure. Under Sub-head A £445 is due to the restoration of cuts and £750 to additional staff necessitated by expansion in the activities of the commission. Under Sub-head B it has been necessary to provide for more examiners, and also there has been an increase in the number of special medical inspections of ex-Service candidates, and in accordance with settled policy these amounts are paid by the commission and not by the candidates. The incidental expenses are the cost of advertisements, which have increased, and also we have found it necessary to provide new centres of ex- amination in view of the increased number of candidates coming forward. That applies particularly to the provinces. I am sure it is the wish of the Committee that centres of examination should be available as convenient for the candidates as is reasonably possible. This is a token vote only, owing to the fact that, as regards Appropriations-in-Aid, the original Estimate is expected to be exceeded by some £11,000.

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