HC Deb 19 May 1914 vol 62 cc1789-90W

asked the Postmaster-General how many examinations have been hold for second-class engineerships since the 1st January, 1907; how many candidates sat at each examination; how many passed; the number of appointments that were made as the result of each examination; and if he will state which of these examinations were qualifying and which were competitive, and, in the case of the latter, if the long-service Post Office engineers were allowed to compete at these examinations?

Captain NORTON

Eight examinations have been held for second-class engineer-ships since the 1st January, 1907. Five of these were competitive examinations, for which a limited number of candidates were nominated by the universities. The results of these examinations were as follows:—

1907–9 sat, 8 qualified, 6 received appointments.

1908–14 sat, 12 qualified, 8 received appointments.

1909–15 sat, 11 qualified, 5 received appointments.

1910–13 sat, 11 qualified, 7 received appointments.

1911–8 sat, 7 qualified, 5 received appointments.

Officers already in the Post Office service were not eligible to take part in these competitions. Three qualifying Civil Service examinations were held for the purpose of affording members of the redundant class of sub-engineers an opportunity of qualifying for the position of second-class engineer. The results of these examinations were as follows:—

1909–144 sat, 67 passed, 65 received appointments.

1910–87 sat, 30 passed, 30 received appointments.

1911–56 sat, 27 passed, 27 received appointments.