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Home Civil Service Candidates

Volume 438: debated on Monday 9 June 1947

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asked the Under-Secretary of State for India whether, in view of the fact that members of the Indian Civil Service wishing to transfer to the Home Civil Service are being prevented by Provincial Governors in India from coming to the United Kingdom for interviews, he will make special arrangements for interviews in India, and if he will give an assurance that the position of these members of the Indian Civil Service as candidates for the Home Civil Service will not in any way be prejudiced by their inability to come to the United Kingdom for the interview.

The responsibility for the selection of candidates for entry into the Home Civil Service rests with the Civil Service Commission. The Commission have given sympathetic. consideration to the possibility of arranging for the selection to be carried out in India, but I am informed that they could not see their way to doing so. I am assured, however, that in those cases where it has been found necessary in the public interest to defer for a time the despatch of candidates to this country for interview, the delay will not prejudice their chances of success.