HC Deb 08 February 1949 vol 461 cc37-8W
78. Mr. Hurd

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury if in view of the fact that there were 4,000 applications for the 50 posts in the home Civil Service recently advertised by the Civil Service Commission and the Commissioners only selected for interview one candidate in seven, those who were not interviewed will be repaid the £1 application fee.

82. Sir G. Jeffreys

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that out of some 4,000 applicants for the recent open competition for the appointment of principals in the home Civil Service the Civil Service Commissioners only interviewed one in every seven, the remainder receiving a stereotyped notice informing them that they had not been selected for interview, although each candidate had been required to affix a £1 stamp to his application; and whether he will cause this sum to be repaid to unsuccessful applicants.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

I understand that the Civil Service Commissioners summoned to preliminary interview about 600 out of 4,000 applicants for the 50 or so vacancies allotted to this competition, and that every single application was most carefully considered before the decision whether or not to summon the candidate was taken. The Commissioners inform me that it was made clear from the outset that the competition would be conducted on these lines and that the fee of £1 could not be, returned to applicants.