§ Mr. CLANCY
asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury under what circumstances it is considered necessary to recruit the lower section of the technical staff of the General Valuation Office, Dublin, by a semi-professional examination mainly suitable for English candidates, whereas the upper section of the technical staff has been successfully recruited from the clerical staff of the Department?
§ Mr. HOBHOUSE:
The valuers and surveyors (first section) in the Valuation Office are now entirely recruited from the valuers and surveyors (second section). The second section is recruited by a technical examination equal to that required for Fellowships of the Surveyors' Institute, and has been so recruited, with a single exception, since 1889. A technical examination is necessary in order to secure officers with the requisite technical qualifications for field work. I understand that the majority of the men appointed since 1889 are Irish.