Mr. TYSON WILSON
asked the First Lord of the Admiralty if he is aware that two vacancies for inspectors at the Malta Dockyard were recently announced, and that volunteers from the Portsmouth Dockyard were invited to apply for the positions; that one man, who was first on the list for promotion and who was acting as inspector, and who had the highest recommendations for both character and ability, applied for one of the positions; that his application was passed over and men lower on the list appointed; and whether he can 660W give the reason why the man with the highest qualification was not given the appointment?
§ Dr. MACNAMARA
The Home Dockyards were recently informed that there were two vacancies for Inspectors of Shipwrights at Malta, and asked to forward the names of candidates for these posts, but it was eventually decided to leave one of them unfilled. The other vacancy was filled by the appointment of a candidate from Portsmouth who was lower on the examination list than another candidate from that yard. There was a difference of only four marks between the two candidates, and as the candidate lower on the examination list was the more strongly recommended he was given the appointment.