§ 28. Mr. MAXTON
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many appointments have been made during the last two years to the positions of inspectors or sub-inspectors of schools; what qualifications and experience of school work are demanded of applicants for such posts; where vacancies are advertised; and what is the nature of the competitive examination which applicants undergo?
§ Mr. SKELTON
During the last two years, four appointments have been made to the post of His Majesty's Inspector of Schools, and three to the post of sub-inspector. I am sending the hon. Member copies of the regulations which give particulars of the qualifications and experience of school work looked for in applicants for these posts. With regard to the third part of the question, vacancies are advertised from time to time in leading Scottish newspapers and in educational journals where that course is thought necessary. It is not, however, the general practice to advertise vacancies. A standing list of applicants is kept by the Scottish Education Department, and applications can be lodged at any time. The most suitable candidates are interviewed by a Selection Board, the members of which are appointed by the Civil Service Commissioners after consultation with the Scottish Education Department. The Board recommend for appointment the candidate who appears to them to possess the highest qualifications.
§ Mr. MAXTON
Is there no foundation whatever for the widespread belief that the appointments to these posts are a piece of political patronage exercised by the Secretary of State for Scotland?