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Civil Service Redundancies (Disabled Persons)

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 26 February 1952

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware that, as a result of the policy of Her Majesty's Government to effect cuts in the Civil Service, ex-Service personnel suffering from serious war disabilities have received redundancy notices from his Departments in Scotland; and whether he will reconsider the decision to terminate the employment of such people, in view of their difficulty in obtaining suitable alternative employment in the open labour market.

I am aware that among the temporary officers who are being declared redundant in my Departments there are a number of disabled persons. It has not been found possible, however, to retain any of these officers out of the order laid down in the agreement between the staff and official sides of the Civil Service National Whitley Council relating to the discharge of redundant temporary non-industrial staff. Efforts are being made to find suitable alternative employment in each case.