§ Mr. DOUGLAS HALL
asked the Prime Minister whether all the appointments to positions in the Public Trustee Office are 1882W made by the head of the department without previous open competitive examination by the Civil Service Commissioners; and, if so, whether it is proposed to continue this system of appointments in the future, or to include all those positions in the list of Civil Service appointments for which a previous examination by the Civil Service Commissioners is necessary?
§ Mr. MASTERMAN
Appointments in the Public Trustee's Office are made by the Public Trustee with the approval of the Lord Chancellor in accordance with the provisions of Section 8 (2) of the Public Trustee Act, 1906. No previous competitive examination is held, but I may point out that the status of the staff is not that of established Civil servants. The present method of appointment, which has formed the subject of evidence given before the Royal Commission on the Civil Service, will receive careful consideration.