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Volume 441: debated on Wednesday 30 July 1947

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asked the Postmaster-General if, in the interest of an improved telephone service, he will cease the practice of recruiting staff on a temporary basis; and further, if he will now offer security of tenure to the existing temporary staff, most of whom have served as members of the N.F.S., police force, Merchant Navy, and in the telephone exchanges throughout the war years.

My right hon. Friend's policy is to recruit telephonist staff on a permanent basis wherever possible, and to appoint eligible temporary officers to the permanent establishment in order of length of service.