§ SIR HOWARD VINCENT (Sheffield, Central)
To ask the Secretary to the Treasury if he will issue an order to all Government Departments to carry out the expressed wishes of the House of Commons and the recommendations of Select Committees that no messenger or other officer in that category is to be appointed unless he has served in the Army, Navy, or auxiliary forces in the field.
(Answered by Mr. Hayes Fisher.) The Treasury has no power to require all Government Departments to exclude from their employment as messengers and officers of that category all persons except those who have served in the Army, Navy, or auxiliary forces. The Treasury have, by Minute of 14th March, 1894, provided for the employment of a certain number of Army and Navy pensioners in the Departments under their control, and they understand that other public offices give a preference to men who have served, for all suitable employment.