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4th. To ascertain that the candidate possesses the requisite ORDER IN
knowledge and ability for the proper discharge of his
official duties.

COUNCIL.
21 May 1855.

The rules applicable to each department under each of the above heads should be settled, with the assistance of the Commissioners, according to the discretion of the chief authorities of the department; but, except that candidates for admission to any of the junior situations in any branch of the Civil Service will be required to obtain certificates of qualification as aforesaid, such Examining Board shall not make any alteration in respect to the nomination or appointment of candidates by those who are or may be charged with the duty of nomination and appointment.

After the candidate has passed his examination and received his certificate of qualification from the Commissioners, he shall enter on a period of probation, during which his conduct and capacity in the transaction of business shall be subjected to such tests as may be determined by the chief of the department for which he is intended, and he shall not be finally appointed to the public service unless upon satisfactory proofs of his fitness being furnished to the chief of the department after six months' probation.

And it is lastly hereby ordered, that in case the chief of any department considers it desirable to appoint to any situation for which there are no prescribed limits of age a person of mature age having acquired special qualifications for the appointment in other pursuits, such person shall not in virtue of this Order be required to obtain any certificate from the said Commissioners in order to obtain such appointment, but the chief of the department shall cause the appointment of any person not previously examined to be formally recorded as having been made on account of special qualifications.

(Signed)

WM. L. BATHURST.

At the Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, the 26th day of
April 1862.

PRESENT:

THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL.

WHEREAS by an Order made by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty in Council, on the 21st day of May 1855, Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her said Council, did order that the Right Honourable Sir Edward Ryan, John George Shaw Lefevre, Esquire, (now Sir John George Shaw Lefevre, Knight Commander of the Bath,) and Edward Romilly, Esquire, or such other persons as Her Majesty should from time to time approve in the stead of them or any of them, should be Commissioners for conducting the examination of the young men proposed to be appointed to any of the junior situations in Her Majesty's Civil Establishments, and should hold their offices at the pleasure of Her Majesty, and should have power, subject to the approval of

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the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to appoint from time to time such assistant examiners and others as might be required to assist them in the performance of the duties by the said Order assigned to them.

And whereas since the date of the said Order the said Edward Romilly and Sir John George Shaw Lefevre have severally resigned their said offices of Commissioners to which they were so appointed as aforesaid: And whereas it is deemed expedient that the said Sir Edward Ryan should be appointed First Commissioner for the purpose aforesaid, and that the Right Honourable Sir Edmund Walker Head, Baronet, Knight Commander of the Bath, and the Honourable Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton, should be appointed Commissioners in the place and stead of the said Sir John George Shaw Lefevre and Edward Romilly, Esquire; and further, that the said Commissioners should have power, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to appoint from time to time a secretary and such assistant examiners and others as may be required to assist them in the performance of their duties.

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, doth order, and it is hereby ordered, that the said Sir Edward Ryan, Sir Edmund Walker Head, and the Honourable Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton, or such other persons as Her Majesty may from time to time approve in the stead of them or any of them, shall be Commissioners, and shall hold their offices during the pleasure of Her Majesty, for the purpose aforesaid, the said Sir Edward Ryan being the First Commissioner; and that the said Sir Edward Ryan, Sir Edmund Walker Head, and the Honourable Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton shall have power, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to appoint from time to time a secretary and such assistant examiners and others as may be required to assist them in the performance of their duties, and further shall have all powers and authorities given by the said Order.

And it is hereby further ordered, that the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury do prepare and submit to Parliament an estimate for the remuneration of the First Commissioner aforesaid.

And Her Majesty, by and with the advice aforesaid, doth confirm the said Order in all respects, so far as the same is not hereby altered.

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At the Court at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, the 5th day of
February 1870.

PRESENT:

THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL. WHEREAS by an Order made by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty in Council, on the 21st day of May 1855, Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her said Council, did order that the

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Right Hon. Sir Edward Ryan, John George Shaw Lefevre, Esq.
(now Sir John George Shaw Lefevre, Knight Commander of the
Bath), and Edward Romilly, Esq., or such other persons as Her
Majesty should from time to time approve, in the stead of them
or any of them, should be Commissioners for conducting the
examination of the young men proposed to be appointed to any
of the junior situations in any of Her Majesty's Civil Establish-
ments, and should hold their offices at the pleasure of Her
Majesty.

And whereas by another Order made by Her Majesty in
Council, on the 26th day of April 1862, Her Majesty, by and
with the advice of Her Privy Council, did order that the Right
Hon. Sir Edmund Walker Head, Bart., and the Hon. Edward
Turner Boyd Twisleton should be appointed Commissioners in the
place and stead of the said Sir John George Shaw Lefevre and
Edward Romilly, Esq.

And whereas, since the date of the said last-mentioned Order, the said Sir Edmund Walker Head has departed this life, and the said Hon. Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton has resigned the said office of Commissioner, and whereas it is deemed expedient that George Webbe Dasent, Esq., Doctor of Civil Law, should be appointed Commissioner in the place and stead of the said Hon. Edward Turner Boyd Twisleton.

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, doth order, and it is hereby ordered, that the said Sir Edward Ryan and George Webbe Dasent, or such other persons as Her Majesty may from time to time approve in the stead of them, or either of them, shall be Commissioners, and shall hold their offices during the pleasure of Her Majesty for the purpose aforesaid, the said Sir Edward Ryan being the First Commissioner, and the said George Webbe Dasent being the Second Commissioner.

And it is further ordered that the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury do prepare and submit to Parliament, an estimate for the remuneration of the Second Commissioner aforesaid.

And Her Majesty, by and with the advice aforesaid, doth confirm the said Orders in all respects, so far as the same are not hereby altered.

(Signed)

ARTHUR HELPS.

At the Court at Balmoral, the 4th day of June 1870.

PRESENT:

THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL.

WHEREAS it is expedient to continue, with certain amendments, the existing provision for testing according to fixed rules the qualifications of persons who may from time to time be proposed to be appointed, either permanently or temporarily, to

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ORDER IN COUNCIL. 4 June 1870.

any situation or employment in any of Her Majesty's Civil Establishments, except as herein-after mentioned:

I. Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, doth order, and it is hereby ordered, that the Right Hon. Sir Edward Ryan, now First Commissioner under Her Majesty's Orders in Council of the 21st of May 1855, and the 26th of April 1862, and George Webbe Dasent, Esq., Doctor of Civil Law, or such other persons as Her Majesty may from time to time approve in the stead of them, or either of them, shall be Her Majesty's Civil Service Commissioners for testing the qualifications of the persons so proposed to be appointed to any situation or employment in the Civil Establishments as aforesaid, and shall hold their offices during the pleasure of Her Majesty; the said Sir Edward Ryan continuing to be the First Commissioner, and the said George Webbe Dasent being the Second Commissioner; and shall have power, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, to appoint from time to time such assistant examiners and others as may be required to assist them in the performance of the duties herein-after assigned to them.

II. And it is hereby ordered, that (except as may be excepted under clause VII. of this Order, and in the Schedule marked B. annexed hereto) the qualifications of all such persons as may be proposed to be appointed, either permanently or temporarily, to any situation or employment in any Department of the Civil Service shall, before they are employed, be tested by or under the directions of the said Commissioners; and no person (except as aforesaid) shall be employed in any department of the Civil Service until he shall have been reported by the said Commissioners to be qualified to be admitted on probation to such situation or employment.

III. No person shall be appointed to any office or employment in any of Her Majesty's Civil Establishments until he shall be reported by the said Commissioners to have satisfied them

1st. That he is within the limits of age prescribed for the situa-
tion or employment to which he desires to be admitted.
2nd. That he is free from any physical defect or disease which
would be likely to interfere with the proper discharge of his
duties.

3rd. That his character is such as to qualify him for such situation or employment; and

4th. That he possesses the requisite knowledge and ability to enter on the discharge of his official duties.

IV. The rules applicable to each department, under each of the above heads, shall be settled, subject to the approval of the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, by the said Civil Service Commissioners and the chief authorities of the Department.

V. Except as herein-after is excepted, all appointments which it may be necessary to make, after the 31st day of August next, to any of the situations included or to be included in Schedule A. to this Order annexed, shall be made by means of competitive

*The terms of Clause II. are varied by a subsequent Order in Council, see page 9.

examinations, according to regulations to be from time to time framed by the said Civil Service Commissioners, and approved by the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, open to all Persons (of the requisite age, health, character, and other qualifications prescribed in the said regulations) who may be desirous of attending the same, subject to the payment of such fees as the said Civil Service Commissioners, with the consent of the said Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, may from time to time require; such examinations to be held at such periods, and for such situations, or groups of situations in the same or different departments, as the said Civil Service Commissioners, with the approval of the said Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, shall from time to time determine, and to have reference either to the vacancies existing at the time of the examinations respectively, or to the number which may be estimated to occur within any period not exceeding six months after the commencement of the examinations, as the said Civil Service Commissioners, after consultation with the chief authorities of the various departments, and with the approval of the said Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, may deem expedient.

VI. After the candidate, reported as aforesaid by the Commissioners, has been appointed to an office or employment, he shall enter on a period of probation, during which his conduct and capacity in the transaction of business shall be subjected to such tests as may be determined by the chief of the department to which he is attached, and he shall not remain in the public service after six months from the date of his appointment, unless satisfactory proofs of his fitness shall have been furnished to the chief of such department, and a certificate of his qualification shall have been issued by the Civil Service Commissioners. A formal record of the particulars and of the result of such probation, signed by the chief of the department, shall be furnished to the Civil Service Commissioners, and filed in their office, and they shall thereupon, and not sooner, if such record should be satisfactory, issue their certificate of the candidate's qualification for employment. The candidate after, no less than before, the issue of such certificate shall hold his office at the pleasure of the chief of his department.

VII. În case the chief of a department to which a situation belongs, and the Lords of the Treasury shall consider that the qualifications in respect of knowledge and ability deemed requisite for such situation are wholly or in part professional, or otherwise peculiar, and not ordinarily to be acquired in the Civil Service, and the said chief of the department shall propose to appoint thereto a person who has acquired such qualifications in other pursuits, or in case the said chief of the department and the Lords of the Treasury shall consider that either for the purpose of facilitating transfers from the Redundant List, or for other

Clause VI. was cancelled by a subsequent Order in Council, another clause being substituted for it, see page 9.

ORDER IN COUNCIL. 4 June 1870.

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