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Prison Service (Promotion)

Volume 415: debated on Thursday 8 November 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he is aware that serious discontent exists over the methods adopted by the Promotion Board in connection with the Prison Commission; that many experienced clerical officers are being refused promotion who have years of experience in the service without having adverse reports on their character and ability; that there are cases where the disqualified officers have been acting in higher posts for considerable periods; that no explanations have been given why the officers have been passed over for promotion; and whether he will make inquiries into the methods adopted by the Promotion Board.

I am not aware of any general dissatisfaction with the Promotion Board machinery in the Prison Commission which follows strictly an agreement between the official and staff sides of the Home Office Departmental Whitley Council. This agreement provides for a right of appeal by officers not selected for promotion and for their consideration. Seniority is not the only factor which is taken into account in selecting officers for promotion; and failure to secure selection for promotion is not necessarily a reflection on the performance of the officer's duties in his present grade. The qualifications of officers not so selected are considered with those of other officers when further vacancies arise. I see no occasion for any inquiry into the methods of the Promotion Board.