I remember when the
Civil Service Act was passed in 1908 that my hon. friend gave very valuable assistance. After due deliberation he agreed that 35 years of age should be the maximum age of persons appointed to positions in the Inside Service. But if he examines the appointments made by his Administration he will find that in scores of cases section 21 has been resorted to in order to get men into the service who are much over 35 years of age. I think the fixing of that maximum age was a good provision, because if men were appointed over that age they would be pensioned later and these pensions would increase the cost of the service. I do not mention this for any political purpose or in order unnecessarily
to condemn the Government. I simply want my hon. friend the Minister of Trade and Commerce to look into it and if that abuse is going on to use his influence to prevent its recurrence during the coming year.