Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service Vacancies (Public Advertisement)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd March 1948.

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Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely 12:00 am, 2nd March 1948

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many appointments have been made to the Civil Service in the past 12 months without public advertisement of the vacancies.

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

Nine appointments requiring the issue of certificates of qualification were made without public advertisement in the 12 months beginning 1st February, 1947.

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Will the right hon. Gentleman say why these posts were not advertised?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

Because they were all of a specialist nature. In addition, in accordance with the particular Sections of the Acts under which they were made, publication of the appointments was made in the "London Gazette."

Photo of Sir Henry Legge-Bourke Sir Henry Legge-Bourke , Isle of Ely

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider circulating in the OFFICIAL REPORT the names of those appointed?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

I will consider that. There is no secrecy about this. Six of the people concerned went to atomic research with the Ministry of Supply.

Photo of Mr William Brown Mr William Brown , Rugby

May we take it that there is no intention whatever of departing, except in these exceptional cases, from the normal method of advertisement?

Photo of Mr William Hall Mr William Hall , Colne Valley

Certainly. The authority has been given by Parliament in the past for appointments of this kind to be made without advertisement.