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Temporary Clerks

Volume 486: debated on Tuesday 10 April 1951

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer why he has set an age limit whereby temporary clerks are debarred from being placed on the established strength of the Civil Service as clerical assistants until they are over 45 years of age.

I assume that the hon. and gallant Member is referring to the current scheme for the establishment of temporary clerks as clerical assistants. In adopting a lower age limit of 45 for this scheme the Government is applying, in a very suitable part of the Civil Service, its policy of encouraging the employment of the older age groups of the population. Registered disabled persons are eligible even if younger than 45.