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Ex-Regulars (Resettlement)

Volume 648: debated on Wednesday 1 November 1961

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asked the Minister of Labour if he will make a statement about the machinery for resettling ex-Regulars.

I am glad to be able to say that progress in resettling ex-Regulars, both officers and men, has continued to be very satisfactory. The Regular Forces Resettlement Service has won the confidence of the Forces, whilst the qualities which ex-Regulars have to offer have been increasingly appreciated in industry and commerce. This state of affairs redounds to the credit of the many ex-Regulars who have already established themselves and proved their worth in their new careers.In these circumstances, I have decided that the special post of Director of Resettlement can now lapse without disadvantage to the men and women who each year will be leaving the Regular Forces and seeking employment in civil life. Accordingly, Air Chief Marshal Sir Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman has, on the expiry of his current period of office, now relinquished his appointment as Director of Resettlement which he has held since its inception in 1957. He has agreed to make himself available for advice or consultation should occasion arise, and I should like to take this opportunity of thanking him for the valuable assistance he has given in this important work.The Regular Forces Resettlement Service will of course continue, and the Regional Resettlement Committees, which have contributed a great deal to the success of resettlement, remain in existence. My Department will continue to make the necessary arrangements for co-ordination.