§ Brigadier-General CROFT
asked the Secretary of State for War whether his attention has been called to the fact that officers who apply for home Civil Service clerkships, in making their application, have to pay 10s., and that applications unaccompanied by this fee are ignored; and whether he will take steps to remove this obstruction to the claims of officers being considered for such appointments?
§ Mr. BALDWIN
No, Sir. I see no reason to abolish this fee, which is a reasonable test of thebona fides of applicants. I may remind the hon. Member that the normal fee which was charged before the War to candidates for Class I. clerkships was £6, and the reduced fee of 10s. will not be sufficient to cover the expenses of the examination.