§ Mr. HAYDN JONES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture how many applications have been received by the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries in reply to their advertisement for assistant inspectors of fisheries at a salary of £150 per annum; how many of the applicants have a scientific degree at a British university; and how many appointments to these posts have been made by the Board since 6th August last?
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
The number of applications received in response to the advertisement to which the hon. Member refers was 132. Only one of these applicants appears to have obtained a scientific degree at a British university. Three appointments have been made since the 6th August last.
§ Mr. JONES
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Agriculture (1) whether the Board of Agriculture and Fisheries are now prepared to advertise for a chief inspector of fisheries in accordance with the instructions of the President, dated the 25th February last; and, if not, will the Board explain what steps are being taken to secure the services of a permanent instead of a temporary chief inspector of fisheries, and how long a temporary inspector usually serves before his appointment is considered permanent;
(2) whether he will definitely promise that, before a chief inspector of fisheries is appointed to the permanent staff of the Board, he will cause an advertisment to be issued in accordance with the instructions of the President, dated the 25th February last
Sir A. BOSCAWEN
No steps are being taken at present to secure the services of a permanent chief inspector of fisheries. When this appointment is contemplated, it is the intention of the President that the instructions issued by Lord Ernle, to which the hon. Member refers, shall be observed. A temporary inspectorship does not carry with it a right to a permanent appointment at a later date.