HC Deb 07 May 1912 vol 38 c364W

asked the Prime Minister whether he is aware that the persons comprising the Royal Commission on the Civil Service have, to the extent of two-thirds of their number, been educated at Oxford or Cambridge; whether, in view of the alleged monopoly of the higher Civil Service posts by men trained at those universities, he will take steps to ensure an impartial consideration of that question by making such further appointments to the Royal Commission as will equalise its university and non-university elements; and whether, if the Commission is to be constituted so largely of university men, the London and other universities will be represented?


I am convinced that the Commission, which is composed of men of experience in every field of activity to which the Inquiry may relate, will investigate the needs of the Civil Service with absolute impartiality. I am not prepared to make any additions to it.