HC Deb 05 March 1940 vol 358 c213
60. Mr. Maxton

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury what functions are now performed by the office of the Civil Service Commissioners as the examinations for entry into the Civil Service have been suspended?

Captain Crookshank

As the answer is rather long I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following is the answer:

Although the main Open Competitions for entry to the Civil Service have been suspended, the Commissioners have held, and will continue to hold, a number of examinations of various kinds. During the: last six months a large number of assignments have been made from the various Open Competitions held prior to the war, and up to date there has been little reduction in the volume of work connected with the grant of Civil Service certificates to members of the subordinate grades of the service, particularly in the Post Office. In all, some 8,000 nominations have been received since the outbreak of war. Finally, the Commissioners continue to conduct the medical examination of officers who, on retirement from the Civil Service, desire to allocate part of their pension to a wife or other dependant.