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Civil Service (Holidays With Pay)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 26 May 1949

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asked the Secretary to the Treasury if he will state at the latest date, in convenient categories, the number of civil servants and the number of days of holidays with pay which they get.

I will, with the hon. Member's permission, circulate this in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Will the right hon. Gentleman say why taxpayers who cannot afford a holiday because of the policy of the Socialist Government should be compelled to pay for holidays for "Jobs for the boys"?

Following is the information:

Staff GroupEstablished StaffUnestablished Staff
Number on 1.1.49Days of holiday with payNumber on 1.1.49Days of holiday with pay
Administrative Staff3,322361,00530, 36 after 3 years' continuous service.
Executive Staff43,7723617,86824, 30 after 3 years' continuous service.
Higher grades 30, 36 after 3 years' continuous service.
Higher Clerical and Clerical Staff.100,6202469,78918
Higher Clerical 36Higher grades 24, 30 after 3 years' continuous service.
Clerical Assistants18,95718, 21 after 5 years' service75,29918
Typing Staff17,02018, 21 after 5 years' service Shorthand typists 21, 24 after 5 years in the grade.13,74718
Higher grades, 24 and 36
Messengers, Porters, etc.17,8521431,32012, 14 after 2 years' service.
Higher grades 18, 21 and 24.
Post Office, Postal, Telegraph and Telephone Staff and Supervisors.147,73814–36 according to rank53,07112
Professional, Scientific and Technical Staff.24,6093627,18230, 36 after 3 years' continuous service.
Ancillary Technical Staff.17,23914–36 according to rank and service.35,44112–24 according to rank and service.


(a) At the present time not more than 36 days' annual leave may be granted in a leave year but some grades were eligible for higher allowances, after long service, before the war.
(b) The usual Public Holidays and certain privilege holidays (not exceeding nine in all) are normally allowed in addition to annual leave.
(c) Industrial employees generally receive a week's holiday with pay. There were 59,424 established and 347,458 unestablished industrials employed in Government Departments on 1st January, 1949.