To ask the President of the Board of Education how many Ridley clerks of the Second Division are at present serving in his Department; and how many clerks have been promoted from this class to minor staff posts, staff posts, and higher grade Second Division posts, respectively, therein.
The number of Ridley clerks of the Second Division at present serving under the Board of Education, including those who hold minor staff posts with salaries not exceeding the maximum of the higher grade of the Second Division, is 188. Of these the number promoted to minor staff posts is twenty-five, and higher grade, Second Division, posts one. There is also one Ridley clerk who has been promoted to a staff clerkship above the Second Division.
To ask the President of the Local Government Board whether, in view of the fact that the proportion of promotions to the number of clerks serving in his Department in the case of second class clerks of the Higher Division appointed under the Order in Council 15th August, 1890, is sixteen to twenty-three, and in the case of Ridley clerks of the Second Division is one to 113, he can see his way to remedy the disparity of treatment thus shown.
There have been many promotions since 1890 of clerks in the Second Division serving in this Department. The Ridley clerks are included in that division, and the reason why the promotions have not, except in one instance, been made from amongst them is that there have been senior clerks in the division whose claims had first to be considered. The time for promotions to be made from the Ridley clerks will come in due course.