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Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she will now confirm that those dentists entitled to take early retirement as a result of reorganisation may defer their decision without prejudice until after the posts of district dental officer have been filled.

The National Health Services Reorganisation (Retirement of Senior Officers) (Amendment) Regulations, 1975 (Statutory Instrument 1975 No. 302), which were made on 5th March 1975 and, subject to negative resolution, come into effect on 31st March 1975, will extend the period for electing to retire to 31st January 1976 and the date by which retirement must take place to 31st March 1976. This should provide ample time for district dental officer appointments to have been completed.