HL Deb 14 March 1923 vol 53 cc382-3

My Lords, I desire to ask His Majesty's Government whether the Regulations and decisions made by the Civil Service Commissioners are subject to the effective control of any responsible Minister?


My Lords, in answer to my noble friend's Question, I have to inform him that Regulations prescribing the manner in which persons are to be admitted to the Civil Service and the conditions on which the Civil Service Commissioners may issue certificates of qualification for such persons are made by the Commissioners subject to the approval of the Treasury. My noble friend will see, therefore, that in regard to the first part of his Question respecting Regulations the answer is "Yes" With regard to the second part of his Question, decisions whether individual candidates satisfy the provisions of Regulations so made are arrived at by the Commissioners on their own responsibility in performance of the duty imposed upon them by His Majesty in Council of testing and certifying the qualifications of persons proposed to be appointed to any situation or employment in His Majesty's Civil Establishments. Therefore the answer to the second part of my noble friend's Question is in the negative.


Can the noble Lord say what action any person can take who considers himself aggrieved by the action of the Commissioners?


I will inquire upon that point.