§ Mr. ALDEN
asked the President of the Local Government Board whether he pro- 1252W poses to appoint during the period of the War one or more women, other than women doctors, to permanent posts in his Department; if so, whether he will state the precise nature of such posts, the qualification required there for, and the remuneration attaching thereto; and whether, having regard to the number of women engaged on voluntary and other war work at the present time who may be suitably qualified for any such posts, he will give an undertaking that no such permanent posts will be filled during the period of the War, and that thereafter they shall be filled only after open competition?
The only permanent posts, other than those of women inspectors and typists, to which I am authorised by the Treasury to appoint women are two clerkships at salaries of £100—£7 10s.—£180 and £250—£10—£350, respectively. The appointees are required to obtain certificates from the Civil Ser vice Commissioners. As regards the last part of the question, I may say that the appointment of women to permanent posts, and the qualifications and method of filling such appointments, is subject to the control of the Treasury.