HC Deb 11 April 1912 vol 36 c1517W

asked the Secretary to the Treasury whether he could say how many boy clerks or boy copyists were registered for employment in the Civil Service between the 1st January, 1901, and 1st January, 1911; how many of these passed the examination for either the second division, Excise, or Customs during this period; and how many were discharged from the service on reaching the age laid down as the limit of their service as boy clerks?


The number of boy clerks and ex-boy clerks who secured appointments in certain competitions is as follows:—

Second Division, November, 1902, to September, 1910 881
Assistants of Excise, June, 1906, to May, 1908 97
Assistants of Customs, February, 1907, to August, 1908 55
Assistants of Customs and Excise, April, 1910, to November, 1910 177
Customs Port Clerkships, May, 1908 3

In addition, many boy clerks passed the examination for assistant clerks (new class) for which only boy clerks are eligible.