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Mr. Maitland to Mr. Forster.

Civil Service Commission, S.W.,

23rd January 1858. In reply to your letter of the 21st instant, notifying a nomination to a clerkship in the office of the Commissioners in Lunacy, and specifying the subjects of examination and limits of age proposed by the Board,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state that they will regulate in accordance with the wishes of the Board he examinations which may be conducted under their directions.

With respect to the proposed limits of age, I am to observe that they differ very considerably from those established in most of the other departments, and that in some of those departments (as, for example, in the Foreign Office) the duties of clerks are of a highly confidential nature. The Commissioners think it right to express their own preference for the ordinary limits ; but being aware that the Lunacy Board must be most competent to form a judgment on the subject, and not doubting that the matter has been duly considered, they defer to the opinion of the Board.

I have, &c.

NATIONAL DEBT OFFICE.

SIR,

Sir A. Y. Spearman, Bart., to Mr. Maitland.

National Debt Office, 18th March 1857. The Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt desire me to bring before the Civil Service Commissioners the following alteration, which it appears to the Commissioners advisable to make in the regulations under which candidates for junior clerkships in this office are admitted for examination.

By the regulations already communicated to the Civil Service Commissioners, it was provided that no candidate should be admitted for examination after the age of 25 years, and the Commissioners for the Reduction of the National Debt continue to be of opinion that, in so far as relates to persons admitted for the first time into the public service, that rule should be strictly maintained ; but cases occur in which a person who has previously served in some other branch of the public service, into which he had entered under the age of 25, would be debarred by this rule from becoming a candidate, if he had passed the age of 25 for however short a time, without reference at all to the length of time in which he had been already employed in some other branch of the public service.

The Commissioners are of opinion, therefore, that the good of the public service will be consulted in extending, in such cases, the period for two years, within which the candidate may be admitted for examination.

I have, &c.

POOR LAW BOARD.
Mr. Maitland to Viscount Courtenay.

Civil Service Commission, MY LORD,

15th January 1857. In reply to your Lordship’s letter of yesterday's date, relative to the examination of candidates nominated to compete for supplementary clerkships under the Poor Law Board,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state that they will be prepared to commence the examination on Tuesday the 27th instant.

I enclose a memorandum in which the subjects of examination are finally recapitulated, requesting at the same time that if it is in any respect inconsistent with the wishes of the Poor Law Board, as conveyed in your letter, the necessary corrections may be suggested.

I have, &c.
Enclosure.
Poor Law BOARD.
Supplementary Clerkships.

Draft Scheme of Examination.
1. Exercises designed to test handwriting and orthography,
2. English composition.
3. Précis of correspondence.
4. Arithmetic, including vulgar and decimal fractions

POST OFFICE

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland. SIR,

General Post Office, 13th February 1857. I an directed by the Postmaster-General to inform you that candidates for appointments as letter-carriers at Stockton, will, for the future, be examined under the directions of the Civil Service Commissioners.

I am, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland. SIR,

General Post Office, 19th August 1857. I au directed by the Postmaster-General to inform you that for the future, candidates for appointments as letter-carriers at the following places, will be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners,

viz. :

Carlisle.
Chelmsford.
Chippenham.
Colchester.
Deal.
Devonport.
Lincoln.

Newport (Monmouthshire).
Peterborough.
Rotherham.
Salisbury.
Stroud.
Winchester.
Yarmouth.

I am, &c.

Mr. F. Hill to Mr. Maitland. SIR,

General Post Office, 26th August 1857. I BEG leave to inform you that the Postmaster-General has decided, that for the future, candidates for the situations of lettercarriers at the following places should be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners, viz. :

Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford (Yorkshire), Cambridge, Cardiff, Chatham, Coventry, Dover, Dudley, Gravesend, Halifax, Hastings, Hereford, Huddersfield, Ipswich, Isle of Man, Jersey, Leamington, Oxford, Preston, Reading, Southport, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Walsall, Worcester, Limerick, Dundee, Greenock, Kilmarnock, and Paisley.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. F. Hill.

Civil Service Commission, SIR,

29th August 1857. With reference to your letter of the 26th inst., announcing the nomination of as a mail guard, and stating that the PostmasterGeneral would make an exception to the regulation as to age in his favour, in consideration of his distinguished services in the Army and Land Transport Corps during the late war,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to suggest, for the consideration of the Postmaster-General, that as it is probable that persons who have previously been in the public service, and whose ages exceed the prescribed maximum, will from time to time be nominated to situations in the Post Office, it might be desirable to provide for such cases by a definite rule, instead of leaving each to be treated when it arises as an exception.

Should his Grace be disposed to adopt this suggestion, the points on which the Commissioners will be glad to receive his opinion, are, first, to what extent the limit should be enlarged in the case of mail guards and letter-carriers respectively ; and, secondly, whether it would not be proper to confine the benefit of any extension which may be determined upon to candidates who, at their original entrance into the public service, were eligible in respect of age, for the situations in the Post Office, to which they are subsequently nominated.

The notes at the foot of page 2 of the enclosed document, show the regulations existing in many of the public departments.

I have, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland. SIR,

General Post Office, 28th January 1858. Having laid before the Postmaster-General your letter of the 31st August last, in which you suggest for his Grace's consideration, whether it is not advisable to lay down some definite rule respecting those persons nominated to situations in this department, who have previously been in the public service, and who are above the prescribed age, instead of dealing with each case as it arises, I am directed to acquaint you that after a careful consideration of the matter, the Duke of Argyll thinks it would be better not to adopt a rule applicable only to exceptional cases.

I am, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland.

SIR,

General Post Office, 25th November 1857. I beg to acquaint you that an addition of two clerks to the establishment of the Solicitor's office has recently been authorized ; one to be placed on the third class, who must have had a legal education and have been articled for two or three years ; the other to be placed on the fourth class, who will be employed merely in copying papers, and in the general routine of the office.

No examination has yet been fixed for clerks in the Solicitor's office; the Postmaster-General has, therefore, decided that clerks who are appointed to the third class shall undergo the same examination as clerks who are nominated to similar situations in the Treasury, viz. :

1. Writing from dictation.
2. Arithmetic (including vulgar and decimal fractions).
3. English composition.
4. General principles of equity and common law.

5. Conveyancing.
And that clerks who are nominated to the fourth class shall be
subject to the same examination as supplementary clerks in the
Secretary's department of this office.

Persons nominated to either class will be subjected to the same
regulations respecting age, health, and character, as clerks in the
Secretary's office.
Mr.

has been nominated to the third class clerkship, and he has been instructed to present himself to the Civil Service Commissioners on the 30th instant.

The necessary certificates of age, health, and character, are enclosed.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Tilley.

Civil Service Commission, SIR,

27th November 1857. In reply to your letter of the 25th instant, relative to the examination of candidates nominated to the Solicitor's office in the department of the General Post Office,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to request you will acquaint the Postmaster-General that they will regulate, in conformity with his Grace's wish, the examinations which may be held under their directions.

I am to add, that the very considerable difference in the qualifications required for the two classes leads the Commissioners to infer that the position of those in the lower would correspond to that of supplementary clerks in the Secretary's office, and that they would not be admitted to the class above without having passed an examination in the subjects prescribed for that class.

I have, &c.

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Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland. Sir,

General Post Office, 18th December 1857. In reply to your letter of the 27th ultimo, I am directed by the Postmaster-General to inform you that persons who are promoted from the fourth to the third class in the Solicitor's Office will have to be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners.

I am, &c.

Mr. Tilley to Mr. Maitland. SIR,

General Post Office, 14th January 1858. The Postmaster-General has deemed it expedient to lower the standard of the examination for letter-carriers and mail guards, and I am to acquaint you, for the information of the Civil Service Commissioners, that the following qualifications are to be substituted for those now prescribed, viz:

Dictation.—Three or four lines from some easy book.

Arithmetic.-Sums in addition and subtraction, not more difficult than the following :Simple Addition.

Compound Addition.

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His Grace has decided that auxiliary letter-carriers in London shall for the future be subjected to the above-mentioned examination.

The regulations respecting the age, health, and character of the auxiliary letter-carriers will be the same as those fixed for regular letter-carriers.

I am, &c.

Mr. Maitland to Mr. Tilley.

Civil Service Commission, SIR,

16th January 1858. In reply to your letter of the 14th instant (No. 38,396), intimating the opinion of the Postmaster-General that it would be desirable to lower the standard of the examination for letter-carriers and mail guards, and proposing that the qualifications specified in your communication should be substituted for those now prescribed,

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