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Civil Servants (Council Meetings)

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 15 July 1954

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68.

asked the Financial Secretary to the Tresury if he is aware that although a non-industrial civil servant is eligible to become a member of a local authority, there is no provision made to allow him absence from duty to attend council meetings; and if he will take steps to correct this position.

Civil servants who become members of a local authority are allowed special leave at Departmental discretion for attendance at council meetings. Normally, special leave with pay is allowed up to a maximum of 12 days (or the equivalent) in a year. In exercising their discretion Departments must, of course, bear in mind the needs of the public service.