§ MR. RAMSAY MACDONALD (Leicester)
I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the appointment to the inspectorship of boots, leather, and grindery recently made has been cancelled; whether it is proposed to renew advertisements for the appointment: and whether applicants will in future be selected solely on trade qualifications.
§ MR. HALDANE
The appointment of the candidate originally selected never took effect. It was cancelled because it was found that he was over the age of 40, which was the limit of age fixed. There was no necessity for renewing the advertisements and a candidate was accordingly selected from the numerous 1401 applicants. Mr. F. T. Lovell, late under manager to Messrs. Hewlett and White, Limited, of Norwich, has been appointed on a six months probation and took up his duties on the 3rd instant.