§ MR. JERNINGHAM
asked the Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Whether his attention has boon called to the unpractical, and even grotesque, nature of some of the Foreign papers set for translation to candidates for the Diplomatic Service; and, whether he sees his way to remedying the evil of the present system?
§ SIR CHARLES W. DILKE
Sir, no complaint has been made of the nature of the Papers set for translation in examination for the Diplomatic Service; but my hon. Friend, perhaps, alludes to those set in a recent examination of Foreign Office clerks for special acquirements in foreign languages, which appear not of a kind to test the practical knowledge required, and to which the attention of the Civil Service Commissioners has been called.