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Civil Service Examinations (Welsh Language)

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the total number of candidates who sat for the Civil Service examinations in each of the years 1936, 1937, and 1938, respectively; and how many of such candidates took Welsh as a subject?

As the answer is long and involves numerous figures. I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate it in the Official Report.

Following is the answer:

The total number of candidates who attended all principal Civil Service examinations in 1936 and 1937, respectively, were 35,804 and 39,090. The corresponding figure for 1938 is not available.

The Welsh language is an optional subject in the syllabus for the open competitions for the clerical classes and for the executive group of situations in the Civil Service. The total number of candidates who attended the examinations for those classes in 1936, 1937 and 1938, and the number of candidates who took the Welsh language as a subject, were as follow:

Total number of candidates.Number who took Welsh.
Clerical Classes:
May, 19366,74466
January, 1937.8,27281
September, 1937.4,15166
January, 1938.8,49971
September, 1938.4,96486
Executive Group:
April, 19361,58212
April, 19371,78321
April, 19382,40218

Welsh Civilisation is an optional subject in the competition for the administrative group of situations in the Civil Service and in the competition for appointment as assistant inspector of taxes in the Inland Revenue Department and for third class officers in the Ministry

of Labour. The total number of candidates attending those competitions in 1937and 1938, and the number who took Welsh Civilisation as a subject, were as follow:

Total number of candidates.Number who took Welsh Civilisation.
Administrative Group
July, 1937598
July, 19385881
Assistant Inspector of Taxes.
Third Class Officer, Ministry of Labour.
August, 19375072
August, 1938510

Welsh Civilisation was included in the syllabus for the administrative group and the assistant inspector of taxes, etc., group for the first time in 1937.