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CHANCERY I am entirely satisfied with the resolution of the Civil Service Com(SCOTLAND). missioners in not requiring a report from this office on the qualification of a knowledge of Scotch law and conveyancing. No change seems requisite on this resolution. I only desired to assure myself that the omission was not accidental.

With regard to the temporary clerk referred to, whose age is suitable for his rising in this office, no proper appointment for his indefinite age of tempo- employment has yet been made. He is still employed and paid, like

rary assistant clerks.

the others, only from week to week, though with a purpose on my part of afterwards employing him for an indefinite period and paying him quarterly. I think it very desirable, however, and I suppose it is proper, that before I thus alter the nature of his employment he should undergo his examination. He is now preparing for it, and I shall have the honour of reporting when he is ready, which may be some months hence.

Examination, and limits of

BOARD OF PRISONS (SCOTLAND).

As to examination of officers.

As to the age for admission of the temporary assistant clerks, I think that 14 might be the minimum age, and 30 the maximum. I have, &c.

BOARD OF PRISONS (SCOTLAND).
J. H. Burton, Esq., to Mr. Maitland.

General Board of Prisons, Edinburgh, 1st August 1860.

REFERRING to your letter of the 19th July to the Secretary of the Commissioners of Audit* relating to the appointment of a clerk in the general prison at Perth which has been transmitted to this office, I am directed to request that you will have the goodness to furnish me with the latest regulations or instructions of the Civil Service Commission in relation to officers in Government prisons for the purpose of enabling me to lay full information on the matter before the General Board of Prisons in Scotland.

SIR,

I have, &c.
Mr. Maitland to Mr. Burton.

7th August 1860.

SIR,
In reply to your letter of the 1st instant, requesting to be furnished
with the latest regulations or instructions of this Commission in
relation to officers in Government prisons,

I am directed by the Civil Service Commissioners to state that no documents relating especially to the class in question have been issued by them. The officers of Government prisons have been considered as holders of junior situations within the meaning of the Order in Council under which the Commissioners act, and this being the case, it appears that regulations as to the age, health, and character of candidates, and also as to the subjects of examination, should be settled with the assistance of the Commissioners at the discretion of the chief authorities of the department.

Correspondence relative to the department of Convict Prisons in England will be found in the Appendix to the Fourth Report of the Commissioners, but the Commissioners are of course unable to judge whether the circumstances are so far similar as to render a reference to it desirable.

I have, &c.

* See p. 143.

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APPENDIX III.

EXAMINATION PAPERS.

HOME CIVIL SERVICE.

SPECIMENS OF QUESTIONS IN ARITHMETIC.*

ARITHMETIC (ELEMENTARY).

Set to Letter-carriers and Rural Messengers in the Post Office.
Time allowed, 15 minutes.

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Add together

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504

82 903

715

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ADDITION.

Set to all Candidates who are required to show a knowledge of Arithmetic, with the exception of Tidewaiters, Weighers, Lettercarriers, and Messengers.

No. 1.
Time allowed,
£ S.
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It is important that the addition should be quite correct; additional credit will also be given for rapidity.

* As the Arithmetical Papers used during the year have been very numerous, and precisely similar in character, it has been thought sufficient to publish specimens only.

(N.B.-In competitive examinations, 12 columns were given instead of 3, with the following direction :-" Add up as many of the columns as you can in the time allowed (2 of an hour), placing the answers "in the spaces below the columns.")

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No. 2.

The papers used in the more recent examinations have been of the following form :—

Add up as many of the following columns as you can in the time allowed (an hour): placing the answers in the spaces below the columns.

(N.B.-When the Examination is not competitive, only the first six columns are given.)

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