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Temporary Staff (Establishment)

Volume 526: debated on Tuesday 13 April 1954

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asked the Secretary to the Treasury how many non-industrial temporary civil servants were employed in Government Departments at the end of 1951 and at the latest date for which figures are available; and what percent age of those employed at the end of 1951 have become established civil servants.

The number of non-industrial temporary civil servants employed in Government Departments on 1st January, 1952, was 223,570 and on 1st January, 1954, 166,760. Of those so employed on 1st January, 1952, 28,996 or 130 per cent, have since become established civil servants.

When do the Government intend to complete the process of converting temporary civil servants into established civil servants?

There are a number of considerations, some of which point one way and some another, in this matter. They are rather difficult to summarise in reply to a supplementary question.