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Ex-Service Men

Volume 480: debated on Tuesday 14 November 1950

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury why ex-Service men applying for entry to the Civil Service are entitled to discount their period of service in assessing their age limitations if they were Regulars but not if they enlisted for the war.

For men and women who missed opportunities of competing for the Civil Service during the war years, the Civil Service Commissioners held a series of Reconstruction Competitions with extended age limits, in accordance with the proposals in Cmd. 6567 which were approved by the House of Commons. Special arrangements for the resettlement of those who voluntarily undertake Regular engagements are a matter of permanent peace-time policy and they would be worth much less to ex-Regulars if they covered others.