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Parliamentary Gossip.

[by telegraph from ouk. own cokbesPONPENT.]

Wellington; July 23. The Civil Service Reform Bill is a long one, and repeals all the existing acts. The following are the chief points of the Bill, which Government are introducing for the reform of the civil service. It provides that the service is to be divided mfc ° four divisions —viz. : First division—heads of departments ; second division—professional officers; third division—clerical officers now m the service, or who qualify on examination ; fourth division—officers to be appointed hereafter. A scheme is provided for the regulation aud increment of salaries. A Civil Service Board is appointed, consisting of- four or five officers (Heads of Departments resident m Wellington), with the Solicitor General as Chairman. Appointments are to be made to the service by the Governor on the recommendation of the board, but m certain cases three officers will be named to the heads of departments for them to select one from. Provision is made for cadets entering the service, after an examination, though exceptions are made m favor of persons possessing special or technical skill, or to have given military or naval service to the country. The amalgamation or reorganisation of departments and the transference or reductions of officers on the recommendation of the Board to the Governor are also provided for. The measure is a very stingent one, and prohibits any appointments or awards of compensation except m accordance with the Bill. From the salaries of all officers under the Act five per cent will be deducted to go towards a compensation and pension fund, which may be supplemented by Government m cases of emergency. 4ppointments can be made outside the Bill, but must not be of longer duration than three months. An officer, who commits offences or becomes bankrupt may be dismissed or fined on the Board's recommendation, but may be reinstated if it appears that the bankruptcy was due. to no neglect or guilt on 1 his part. The Board also have power .to recommend the dismissal of inefficient persons. Officers will be allowed a fortnight's holiday each year up to ten years' service, and a longer holiday after that period. Their salaries will be surcharged with the amounts for which they certify wrongly. The Board will report to Parliament each year. The principle of the new scheme is apparently that of complete control by the Board, and the establishment of a regular qualification for service. Major Steward is moving for a committee to consider and report as to the possibility of devising a system of appointing an Executive Government, such as should be free from the evils of the present system. The committee to whom the Labor Bills have been referred consists of Messrs Allen, Fish, Humphreys, Izard, Peacock, Perceval, Smith, W. P. Reeves, Hislop, and Major Steward. The Committee meet for the first time to-day. •

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Parliamentary Gossip., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2474, 25 July 1890

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Parliamentary Gossip. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2474, 25 July 1890

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