§ 68. Mr. BANFIELD
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the reasons for the distinction whereby candidates from the staff of the Imperial Civil Service for appointment to the Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue Departments, whose functions are common to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are granted, in virtue of their Government service, concessions as to age limits at the open competitive examination for appointment to the reserved services cited, whereas candidates from the staffs of the Northern Ireland service are not; and whether His Majesty's Government will take the necessary steps to ensure that candidates from the Northern Ireland service are accorded the same privilege as candidates from the Imperial Civil Service?
§ Mr. W. S. MORRISON
Extensions above the normal age limits for entry to the various grades of the home Civil Service are allowed to candidates who are 1564 already established members of that Service. Employés of the Northern Ireland Government do not fall within this category, and I regret that I am not prepared to grant a similar concession to them in connection with appointments to the Customs and Excise and the Inland Revenue Departments.