§ * MR. ELLIS GRIFFITH
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury whether he is aware that, notwithstanding repeated assurances in the House of Commons that the Treasury are desirous of promoting capable Second Division Clerks to the First Division, direct appointments to the latter division have been made under a recent Class I. Examination to Departments where there were Second Division Clerks who had been recommended for such promotions; and whether he will direct inquiries to be made in all the Departments to ascertain what Second Division Clerks have been so recommended, and investigate the matter?
§ * MR. HANBURY
The Ridley Commission reported that exceptional fitness should be the qualification for promotion to the First Division, and a certificate of such exceptional fitness must, in accordance with the Treasury Minute of August 10th, 1889, be signed by the head of the Department concerned. In all cases where Second Division Clerks have been so recommended, the Treasury has sanctioned the promotion.
§ MR. DOOGAN
I beg to ask the Secretary to the Treasury—(1) whether Ridley Clerks of the Second Division are not in receipt of £100 per annum until their seventh year of service; and (2) whether due consideration was given to the Report of the Royal Commission by the Treasury before issuing the reply just given to the Memorial presented in December last by the Ridley Clerks, praying for a readjustment of their conditions of service?
§ * MR. HANBURY
The clerks in question enter the service at £70 a year, and rise at first by annual increments of £5, thus reaching £100 a year in their seventh year. This scale was recommended by the Ridley Commission. The answer to the second paragraph is, Yes.