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ADMISSION OF PERSONS TO THE CIVIL SERVICE OF

THE CROWN

At the Court at Buckingham Palace the 21st day of May 1855;

PRESENT :

THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY IN COUNCIL. WHEREAS it is expedient to make provision for testing, according to fixed rules, the qualifications of the young men who may from time to time be proposed to be appointed to the junior situations in any of Her Majesty's Civil Establishments.

Now therefore Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of Her Privy Council, doth order, and it is hereby ordered, that the Right Honourable Sir Edward Ryan, Assistant Comptroller General of the Exchequer, John George Shaw Lefevre, Esquire, Companion of the Bath, Clerk Assistant to the House of Lords, and Edward Romilly, Esquire, Chairman of the Board of Audit, 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 for conducting the examination of the young men so proposed to be appointed to any of the junior situations in the civil establishments as aforesaid, and shall hold their offices during the pleasure of Her Majesty, 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.

And it is hereby ordered, that the Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury do prepare and submit to Parliament an estimate for the remuneration of a secretary to the said Commissioners, and of such examiners and others as may be required to assist in the performance of their duties.

And it is hereby ordered, that all such young men as may be proposed to be appointed to any junior situation in any department of the Civil Service shall, before they are admitted to probation, be examined by or under the directions of the said Commissioners, and shall receive from them a certificate of qualification for such situation.

And it shall be the duty of the Commissioners in respect of every such candidate, before granting any such certificate as aforesaid, 1st. To ascertain that the candidate is within the limits of

age prescribed in the department to which he desires

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2d. To ascertain that the candidate is free from any physical

defect or disease which would be likely to interfere

with the proper discharge of his duties; 3d. To ascertain that the character of the candidate is such

as to qualify him for public employment; and, 4th. To ascertain that the candidate possesses the requisite

knowledge and ability for the proper discharge of

his official duties. 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 obtaining 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,

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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 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.

(Signed) EDMUND HARRISON.

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 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 Establishments, 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

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