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Temporary Staff (Disabled Persons)

Volume 527: debated on Tuesday 18 May 1954

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asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury the number of married women civil servants established under the 1953 scheme for the establishment of temporary clerks as clerical assistants; and whether he will give an assurance that no unestablished civil servant registered under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act, 1944, will be dismissed for redundancy provided that he or she is giving satisfaction.

The establishment scheme is not yet sufficiently advanced for me to be able to answer the first part of the Question. As to the second part, I am afraid that I cannot give the right hon. Gentleman the assurance for which he asks. But, under the National Redundancy Agreement regulating the order of discharge of temporary staff, special consideration is given to those who are severely disabled and who would find difficulty in finding other work. Moreover, under the current clerical assistant establishment scheme specifically favourable eligibility rules apply to registered disabled persons.