§ Mr. C. DUNCAN
asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what were the numbers, respectively, of surveyors in each of the undermentioned sections of the amalgamated Customs and Excise service, namely, ex-Customs principal clerks, ex-Customs surveyors, ex-Customs collector-surveyors, ex-Customs first-class clerks, and ex-Excise supervisors, who, being regarded as eligible for promotion at the time of the last promotions by selection to the controlling grade in 1915, had passed the efficiency bar at £400; having passed the efficiency bar had been, either before or after passing the bar, favourably reported on by their collectors or other superior officers for promotion; having been so reported on had been, either in 1914 or 191S, invited to attend before the selection committee; having been so invited were selected for promotion, and were selected for promotion before having reached the salary of £400?
§ Mr. MONTAGU
In the case of men whoso suitability for selection for promotion to the highest grade in their classification is being inquired into, many distinct qualifications have to be considered. 1379W Suitability is a question of degree, and the reports of superior officers cannot be divided into two clear-cut classes of
Class. Number Eligible for Promotion 1st September, 1915. Number of Men in column 2 with Salaries exceeding £400. Number of Men in column 3. Number Selected for Promotion before Reaching £400. Invited to Attend Selection Committee. Selected for Promotion. (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) Ex-Customs— Principal Clerks … … … 4 4 1 — — Surveyors … … … 20 20 9 2 — Collector-Surveyors … … … 20 6 1 1 1 1st Class Clerks … … … 40 35 8 — — Ex-Excise— Supervisors … … … 96 — — — 10
favourable and unfavourable. The remaining particulars requested are as follows: