HC Deb 13 March 1925 vol 181 cc1731-2W
Major Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for War whether the various commands issued orders regarding the forthcoming competitive examination for appointment to the male clerical classes of the Civil Service in time for all civilian employés to apply for the necessary forms; and, seeing that some civilian employés in the Southern Command only received notices on the 24th February and these forms had to be sent in by the 26th, may the Civil Service Commissioners be informed of this delay in issuing the forms by the Army commands so that the special circumstances of some applicants may be reconsidered


The hon. and gallant Gentleman probably refers to a War Office circular letter of 18th February, which was issued to remind temporary clerks that the only means by which establishment could be secured was through the Southborough examination: in this letter reference was naturally made to the latest date of application to enter. This date had previously been widely advertised in the Press, and, as a result of a request from the Civil Service Commissioners, the attention of the staff side of the War Office Whitley Council had previously been drawn to it on 12th February. The War Office cannot accept responsibility if prospective candidates do not take the trouble to ascertain the conditions of the examination for which they wish to sit. In the circumstances, I see no reason for asking the Civil Service Commissioners to take any special action.